Never Miss a (Monday)

I think I can safely speak for everyone that since Thanksgiving our gym regimen has taken a backseat to all the holiday parties.

As everyone starts to realize that the holiday season is over and summer is only a couple months away, getting into shape is a necessity. Yes, it is hard to get back into the routine of going to the gym again but can you guess what day is the best time to execute your work out plan? Here’s a hint: it’s universally known as the least favorite day of the week.

Mondays- back to the grind, back to reality and back to getting things done. After a weekend of adventures people might think it is impossible to be productive on a Monday morning.

Research shows that people think about and act on healthy activities more on Mondays than any other day of the week. A study written in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine analyzed the weekly health-related searches on Google throughout a certain span of time. They were able to come to the conclusion that the beginning of the work week is the best time for people to turn over a new leaf and start a workout routine.

It’s Monday, people, let’s not hit the snooze button even though I can think of a million reasons to stay in bed for an extra hour and not sweat out the alcohol from the weekend and get back into shape. I promise you, you will have a better work week and feel so much better about yourself if you just take out a hour of the day to take care of your body. You have 52 Monday’s in 2016, which means plenty of opportunities. Here’s why it will be worth it.

  1. You’re more likely to stick to a routine for the rest of the week
    Hello, clean slate. Every Monday is another opportunity to better you and make that week better than the last. Working out on a Monday sets the mood for the rest of the week. I was a Division 1 Athlete and I can easily vouch for any other student athlete that once we made it through our Monday workout we felt happier and felt more motivated to make it through the week. If you start a work out later in the week you are more likely to half ass it or even procrastinate and say “Oh I will start it next week, what are a few more days to relax.” Those days add up and soon enough it will be the start of 2017. So start your work out on Monday you may surprise yourself.
  2. Anxiety Reliever.
    Fearing that moment you have to step into the office and fix any problems that may have emerged over the weekend? It’s not uncommon to feel anxiety about heading into the work week but the worst possible thing you could do is hide out at home until it is time to step into the office. You may want to get up early on a Monday and go run a couple miles. Studies have been done that show that exercise is very effective in reducing fatigue, improving alertness and has the capability to reduce stress. Exercise and other physical activities produce endorphins (natural painkiller) which in turn helps to reduce stress. Lets go to work stress free so we can produce the best possible work.
  3. You’ll catch better Zzz’s.
    Was your New Year’s resolution to get more sleep? Well I found a way for you to accomplish that. Go Work Out! By working out throughout the week you are releasing endorphins into your body that will help you become more relaxed and make it easier to fall asleep. Also, when you work out you are over using muscles in your body which makes you feel more tired at the end of the day. A study done by The National Sleep Foundation found out that people who exercise at least 150 minutes a week felt more alert throughout the day and provided a 65% improvement in sleep quality.

If you didn’t start this Monday, you still have 51 more opportunities to do so.

 

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