For the past couple months, I have been in such a rut with working out. I have this huge problem where if I don’t work out for a week or so, it is extremely difficult for me to find motivation and inspiration to workout and sweat my butt off.
Well, needless to say, I haven’t been in the gym for a good two months.
Holy crap… I didn’t realize it has actually been that long…
Because I am working full-time at my engineering co-op, I usually come home and spend the rest of my night on this little piece of internet I own, called my blog. I constantly make excuses for myself in order to feel like I am justifying skipping a trip to the gym in order to blog. In the moment, I feel as if this is okay, but in reality, I know that I am doing my body and mind more harm than good.
If you have been following my blog for some time, you know that I suffer from depression and anxiety. Lately, I have noticed that my anxiety has been through the roof lately and I did not realize why until just now. Working out and getting my body moving has always helped ease the effects of my anxiety and since I have not been getting my body moving, my anxiety has been ten times worse.
With a jam packed schedule, I am fully aware that I need to rearrange my priorities and make time to work out. I now realize that it is not healthy to devote all my time solely on one thing, rather than spread my time out and work on several different projects.
Because I am away from home and do not have access to a good gym, I am unable to workout on machines like I used to do at my school Rec or local YMCA. Because of this, I have decided that I need to wake up at least thirty minutes early and will start doing yoga in the morning before getting ready for work. I have heard so many benefits of doing yoga, and I feel as if this will benefit me so much right now.
In order to motivate myself to workout on a regular basis, I have come up with a list of reasons why I need to get my booty working:
The obvious: Working out will lower my anxiety
Recently, I have noticed that in the evening, I have been so keyed up. I am assuming that one of the reasons (but not the only reason, you can read all about my anxiety, here) is because I am not getting some of my energy out throughout the day by working out. If I start the day off with yoga, hopefully I will be more at peace with myself and where I am in life.
Try new things
I took a yoga phys ed course my freshman year of college, but other than that, I have not really done too much yoga. I think it will be great for my body and mind to try something new and work my body in a different way than just running on a treadmill.
It will also be beneficial for me to get out of my comfort zone and see if yoga will help me.
Become more at peace with where I am right now in life
I constantly stress about completing all the tasks I want to accomplish in one day. I know this is super unrealistic, which is why I am starting to prioritize my goals and working to complete only the ones that have to get done that day. If I have extra time, I will get ahead, but hopefully yoga will help me realize what it most important, which is living in the moment and being happy with what I am able to get accomplished.
So currently my goal is to fit yoga in at least three times per week, but I would love to fit it in every weekday morning. I am working on avoiding making unnecessary excuses that prevent me from completing this goal. I am fully aware that this will take some time to get into the groove of doing yoga on a regular basis because I have been so used to making excuses lately.
How often do you workout? Is there anything specific you do to get yourself motivated or have as an inspiration to workout?!
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