We know that we need to exercise and eat well to live healthy lives but for some, we need that extra motivation to uplift us to work out and eat healthy. If you have fun when you work out it won’t feel like work.
When’s the last time you had a good laugh while working out? We were actually talking the other day about the faces we make in the gym (Gym Face!) and some are always smiling through the sweat but most have that serious, determined look when they are working out. We suffer at times from resting gym face. That look we hope shows how committed we are to what we are doing.
We should think of exercise as a way to have fun and be healthy. Many times we only think of it as a way to lose weight. When all we focus on is losing weight, if we don’t see immediate results, we get frustrated and many times, quit.
You know friends make fitness more fun. And when we work out with friends or in a group, you’ll find that laughter that draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.
Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you release anger and forgive sooner.
As kids, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults, life tends to be more serious, especially now, and laughter more infrequent. But by seeking out more opportunities for humor and laughter, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life.
With all the ups and downs, the emotional, physical and economic turmoil the past six months it can feel like we are being caught in a storm that seems to never end. WARNING…exercise has been known to cause health and happiness. Why be moody when you can shake your booty?
I was reading that the number one secret to happiness isn’t fame, money, or freedom. It’s progress. Progress = happiness. Happiness comes from setting a goal, and moving towards it, step by step. People with fitness goals succeed because they know where they’re going. We should all strive for progress, not perfection. Some quit because they feel progress is too slow, never really grasping the fact that slow progress is still progress! Be proud of every step you take toward your goal.
The question now is, are you ready to start your fitness journey? It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. Yes, there will be temptations. But, I promise you, the journey to better health is worth it.
Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize or appreciate until they have been depleted. Strong is what happens when you run out of weak. Remember, fitness is not a destination. It’s not a goal that you check off your list. It’s not a sprint to the finish. It’s not a lifestyle or a fad. It more than a way of life. Fitness is a way to LIVE.
Matt Molnar is the owner of Atlas Fit, a fitness facility at 711 N. Monroe St. Visit his website at atlasfit.co.
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