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6 Reasons to Never Miss a Monday Workout

I’m sure most of us dread Monday mornings, and waking up for a Monday morning workout might be extra tough. The start of the week is actually a great time to commit to staying fit. Research shows that people think about and act on healthy activities more on Mondays than any other day of the week.

Monday motivation is sometimes hard to come by. When the snooze button is calling your name, it’s easy to think of a million excuses not to lace up your Nikes and sweat it out at the start of the week. But by fitting in a workout, you will be rewarded in more ways than one. You’ve got many opportunities to make it happen this year, and here’s why it will be worth it.image

1. You will be 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 you feel like you are off to the right start. This idea of ‘don’t break the chain’ is really powerful. Using this philosophy can motivate you to exercise on Tuesday, Wednesday or whenever you pencil in your next workout.

2. You will feel happier
Got the Monday blues? You are not alone. 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, and science backs it up.

3. You will feel less anxious
Dreading the pile of emails filling your inbox over the weekend? It’s not uncommon to feel stressed and anxious 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 insteadStudies show that aerobic exercise can lessen general anxiety. Plus, high-intensity exercise has been shown to greatly reduce anxiety that is often a precursor to panic attacks.

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4. You will kick-start good self-control
Exercise is actually a great way to build more discipline in other areas of your life. Moving around for as little as 15 minutes has been shown to help people manage cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The reason behind this is because exercise releases GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter that helps keep you in control of impulses and can quiet anxious brain activity.

5. You will sleep better
Are you sleep deprived? Hitting the weights can help reboot your circadian rhythm, the internal body clock that controls your sleep cycle. Studies even revealed that four months of consistent exercise helped chronic insomniacs sleep 45 minutes more per night.

6. You will be more productive at work
People who exercise regularly are more motivated and put in more effort at work. Working harder can earn you more money and get you that promotion you want at work. It’s a win-win!