How can exercise enrich your life beyond physical fitness?

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When you’ve had a meh kind of day, sometimes the last thing you want to do is hit the gym. I completely get this. In fact, the majority of the time when I go for morning runs, it involves defying my inner negative monologue that questions ‘what’s the point?’. There’s plenty of times when this has felt like a valid question. I’m not trying to impress anyone, and I know I shouldn’t be. What allows me to sweep this thought aside is knowing that what I’m doing for myself is coming from a place of self-love. I want myself to thrive, to outdo myself, no one else. It also comes from a place of awareness that no one is going to tell me to do things I need to do.

You have to be your own coach, your own mentor.

If you can’t help but stare at your dusty pair of Nike’s with disdain, change the way you look at fitness. Instead of seeing it as a kind of self-punishment, regard every workout session as being a gift to yourself. With every set of press-ups, chin-ups and 10 minute run to the corner shop, you’re improving your circulation, endurance and tones your whole body, oh, and it gives yourself a big boost of endorphins, a chemical that makes you happier.

That’s right, not once have I felt less upbeat after a run. “Runner’s high” exists people. You know that there’s buzz. When have you ever seen a group of girlfriends looking miserable emerging from a yoga or dance class? When you slack from an established fitness routine, you definitely notice a mood difference.

So, choosing exercise is like choosing a happier life, so to speak.

So why put off blessing yourself, your own life, with a consistent fitness regime? It doesn’t need to perfect. You don’t have to go from 0 to Insanity’s Shaun. Just start. With a little patience and determination you’ll get to where you want to be.

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