Not all of us are morning people and for those of us who are, you have to admit, those Monday blues do tend to strike when least expected. Life can be trying sometimes. Waking up early in the morning to face a life strapped to the gutter can be an unfathomable innuendo. It gets so bad for most of that we give up and let go of ourselves. We stop going to the gym, we stop eating healthy and we start gaining weight.
Remember, my friend, that your life is an incomplete masterpiece and every day is a blessing… a new chance to add another brilliant brush stroke to your work of art. Be it for righting yesterday’s wrong or propelling your dreams to new heights, it is one chance you might not get tomorrow. It is time to get back on track and live your dreams. So get the motivation to do whatever it is that you need to do. And what better way is there to motivate yourself, than getting a good workout while you’re at it.
So, without further ado, here are five ways you can both rid yourself of negativity and acquire your well-deserved, dream physique.
A Good Old Run
“The urge to run away from our problems is as real as day”. Definitely not the kind of mindset you want to bear when running. Instead, pump yourself with a “will do, can do,” attitude. One of the best ways to do this is with an iPod packed with a collection of motivational music.
Now, get yourself a nice pair of kicks and run wear and you are good to go. The feel of freedom embellished by the morning breeze brushing across your face is sure to get you psyched up for the day. For the safety of your foot joints, equipping yourself with the best ankle brace is highly recommended.
Hit The Floor And Bust A Move
They say great music is food for the soul. So why not let the rhythm course through you and allow your body moves to the beat? Fun dance classes like Salsa, Pop, and Zumba are fantastic ways to get you in a hip mood.
In fact, attending them with your sweeter half can be great relationship therapy. It is an incredible way to restore harmony to a crumbling marriage. In case you have two left feet like me, remember that dancing is more about expressing yourself rather than showing off.
Release all stress and doubts from within by taking in a deep breath filled with eastern wisdom. The slow, controlled poses of yoga will not only leave you supple, they will also endow you with true relaxation, a centered mind and a refurbished sense of inner peace.
This is the perfect place to slow your mind down and clear it of all negative thoughts. Whatever it is that is bothering you, yoga is just the place to go seeking for an answer.
If you are an ardent member of the loving, tree hugging family, then this one is for you. The serene green of young plants, bright colors of blossoming flowers and the soft feel of soil on your fingertips, all culminating in an immeasurable sense of fulfillment. Being quite the arduous of activities, it will keep you toiling long enough to take your mind off things so you can clear your head.
Sometimes sitting on a mat with your eyes closed or running along the streets just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes we find ourselves fueled with an insatiable rage and we just feel like smashing something (or someone). Martial arts give you just that – the opportunity to express your wrath with your hands and feet (on a dummy, of course). An intense 30 minutes of pounding away at a heavy bag is sure to help you release that mental tension.
Well, what are you waiting for? Get your kit and stir up that dust. Those dreams and goals aren’t going to achieve themselves, you know. Understand that your body is the vessel to your success and that you need to keep it healthy if you plan on leading a positive life. Only then will you truly be you deserving of your goals and only then will you achieve all your aspirations, despite life’s grizzly setbacks. So, what do you think of these workouts? Which one would work best for you? Or are you using other workouts? Let us know in the comments section.
Nancy Moore is the founder and creator of Fitnessgrams. She created Fitnessgrams.com to be a haven for people looking to get fit, boost their health, lose weight, or improve their well-being. Here you will find experiences, workouts, information from the experts, healthy living tips, and tools to find well-being and balance.