If you spent your whole weekend on the couch, a Monday workout might be extra tough. But the start of the week is actually a great time to recommit to staying fit. Research shows that people think about and act on healthy activities more on Mondays than any other day of the week… no matter the time of year, AND, more of us start exercise programs on Monday than any other day of the week, too.
You’re more likely to work out the rest of the week.
Exercising on Mondays can get the ball rolling for your workout routine. There’s something about starting on a Monday that makes me feel like I got off to the right start, don’t break the chain’ and that is really powerful. This helps motivate me to exercise on Tuesday, Wednesday or whenever I pencil in my next workout.
You’ll smile more.
Got a case of the Mondays? You’re not alone. Research shows that the average office worker doesn’t crack a smile until after 11:00AM. But exercise could help you beat those Monday blues. One common benefit of physical exercise is that it releases endorphins; the hormones that make you feel happier. Nothing feels as great as a finished workout, right? And science backs us up. According to researchers, children and young people had improved self-esteem after exercising. Plus, if you’re running or playing outside in the sunshine, you’ll get an extra dose of happiness… a simple five-minute walk outdoors will help improve mood and perceived well-being.
You’ll won’t dwell in anxious thoughts.
Dreading that mountain of paperwork gathering dust on your desk over the weekend? It’s not uncommon to feel apprehensive about heading in to work. But don’t go hiding back under the covers just yet… you may want to hop on the treadmill for a few miles instead. Studies show that aerobic exercise can lessen general anxiety. Plus, high-intensity exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety sensitivity, or the fear of anxiety that is often a precursor to panic attacks.
You’ll kickstart good self-control.
It may take some willpower to lace up those runners, but exercise is actually a great way to harness more discipline for other areas of your life. Moving around for as little as 15 minutes has been shown to help people manage cravings . Why? Exercise releases a neurotransmitter that helps keep you in control of impulses and can quiet anxious brain activity.
You’ll sleep better
Sleep-deprived office drones, listen up! Resistance exercise can help reboot your circadian rhythm, the internal body clock that controls your sleep cycle. And in case you needed extra motivation to keep sweating it out during the week: One study revealed that four months of consistent exercise helped chronic insomniacs sleep 45 minutes more per night
You’ll boost brainpower.
Need to ace a presentation this week? Hitting the gym could be your secret to success. Physical exercise has the potential of brain-derived neurotropic factor, which is shown to help build healthier nerve cells. One study showed that strenuous exercise helped participants perform better on a memory test. Scheduling a sweat session before you put your nose to the grindstone could help you absorb new concepts faster, too. Another study revealed that participants could learn vocabulary 20 percent faster after intense physical exercise, compared to the control group.
You might make more money.
Lifting weights may not lead to an immediatepromotion, but it can’t hurt your chances at some extra cash. One study found an association between gym habits and higher pay. Employees who exercised regularly earned nine percent more than their couch potato peers…fyi 🙂