Think back- what did you do when you first woke up this morning? If you’re anything like me you stumbled out of bed, and punched the alarm clock with reckless abandonment and slight hatred. This was quickly followed by the feeling of jealousy that somehow my husband could sleep through the ruckus that I had made.
Then came the decision time. To exercise or not? There were of course a thousand different reasons why my mind and my body didn’t want to get moving into our regular routine. It was early. It was cold. I had gone to bed entirely too late the night before. The birds were annoyingly chipper. You get the idea. Motivation was somewhere deep within the morning fog of my mind, and try as I could reaching out and grabbing it just wasn’t happening this morning.
So I decided to cheat- just a little bit. Today I took a break from my morning exercises- and focused instead on getting an early start on the work for the day. I had a lot to accomplish, and not a whole lot of time to do it. So after seeing my husband off to work I sat down at my keyboard and started to work. The hours went by, and things were getting accomplished. It was a very productive morning. The thing was, the morning haze never really left me- and my mood never really elevated from that morning somber haze. Everything was slightly annoying, and I will admit that I did snap at a few of my online friends that were entirely too happy to be alive.
And then someone asked me- ”what- did you forget to go for your morning run or something?”
Sometimes is takes an outside voice to let you know what’s really going on.
Sure the morning exercises were great for my body, but they also helped my mood and my mind. When a person exercises- and I know you’ve heard this before- certain chemicals are released that can affect your mood, your focus, and even your outlook on life. In a very real sense, starting your day with exercise is a great way to make a positive impact on the rest of your day.
Does that mean that you should only exercise during the morning hours? Of course not. Any type of exercise at any point during the day can help boost your mood, provide more focusing power, and help relieve stress. Something as simple as walking around your office building can perform wonders.
All it takes is for you to make the decision to actually do it.
So after I finish this, eat my dinner and spend some time with my husband, I’m thinking about going out for a walk around the neighborhood.
Laura Seeber is a geologist, environmental professional, writer, and outdoor and nature enthusiast. Born just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Laura has spent the majority of her life hiking through the forest, descending into caves, climbing over boulders and up cliffs, navigating river rapids, and writing and blogging about her adventures. She currently resides in Illinois and travels country in search of the next great outdoor activity or adventure.