Even the most frequent gym-goers have an occasional day where they just can’t find the motivation to get to the gym.
While rest days are important to give your body proper time to recover and recharge, skipping too many days in your gym routine will inevitably have a long-term impact on your energy and motivation levels. Every day that you forgo your workout just makes it more difficult to get into a routine again. Staying consistent keeps you on track to reach your fitness goals and maintain your health.
If you’re having one of those days where you’re tempted to skip the gym, here are five things to keep in mind before you do.
Burn more calories
Working out regularly increases your metabolism, which leads your body to burn more calories even when you’re at rest. That means that you’ll still enjoy the benefits of today’s workout, tomorrow. You’ll feel these effects in increased focus, a better mood and a steady energy level all the way through your day.
Make healthier choices
When you’re in a consistent fitness routine, you’ll likely find yourself making better choices when it comes to what you’re putting in your body. Active people drink more water, have less cravings for unhealthy food and make overall better choices for their health.
Pump more endorphins
While a stressful day can make you want to run home and straight to the couch, you’ll actually improve your mood much more if you head to the gym instead. It just takes a minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic exercise for your body to start pumping endorphins. Endorphins give you a natural “high” that boosts your mood and energy.
Get better sleep
How is your sleep quality these days? If you regularly exercise, you probably enjoy restful nights. Physical activity reduces anxiety and allows your body to achieve deeper and more restorative sleep cycles that will leave you feeling alert and refreshed throughout your day.
Prioritizing your health
We live in a fast-paced world that can feel like it’s pulling us in many directions at all times. It can be easy to prioritize everyone else’s needs before your own, but we’re here to remind you that you deserve to live a healthy life. Make the time for yourself; you deserve it!
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