Eminem may have been talking about being anxious about performing when he did “Lose Yourself”, but for some people, the activity I’m about to dive into can induce those same symptoms. I can hear you already: “_________ gives you energy, but you need energy to ________. Sounds like a pyramid scheme to me 🙄😒.” For others, just hearing the word makes them tired. Yup! You guessed it! Next to getting better sleep at night and watching what you eat, another great tip for staying awake at work is: Exercising. Working out is next up on our list for having more energy to staying awake throughout the days.
I know, I know, I can hear the boos echoing through the internet. But no cap, it’s a thing.
Your body does this thing where it creates more mitochondria – the body’s batteries, if you will – as the need arises. So if you develop an active lifestyle, your body will work to facilitate that. It also releases endorphins – the happiness hormones – to boost your mood.
So how do you get to “unlock these benefits”?
When you’re working out, start slow and build your way up
Don’t hit the ground running. Probably try walking first, then jogging, and then we can talk about running, especially if you’re a novice.
I won’t lie to you, working out might be tough for most people – it’ll take discipline. But you can help yourself out by finding something you even somewhat enjoy, choosing a time of day that works best for you, and finding a friend to do it with you.
Shoot for a healthy lifestyle, land on a six pack
This is a matter of perspective.
Many people get discouraged because they don’t see the tangible results of the six pack or the “bubble butt” as seen on the ads they watch, and so they lose motivation and give up.
We tend to overlook the fact that we just walked up five flights of stairs and aren’t winded, or are able to bend over and clip our own toe nails. Or even the fact that clothes that used to fit us tightly now have a little more room in them.
Committing to working out requires that you give yourself some ‘grace space’
Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right the first time, or if you skip a few days or even have some rough days.
Just keep pushing, keep going and watch your body thank you for the effort.