Do you ever have one of those days when you just want to curl up on the sofa in your pyjamas and not move for the whole day? I'm sure I'm not the only one. I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about boosting motivation and I thought it might help to know that I too am not always bursting with energy and motivation. So, yesterday I was having one of those days when the last place I wanted to be was the gym. However, I also didn't want to keep feeling the way I was feeling and my rational human brain managed to convince my impulsive chimp brain to just go for a wee while (I advise you to read The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters if you think I've lost the plot here!).
I can honestly say the change in my mood was so dramatic that it amazed me. I felt 100% better than I had done before going, in fact I felt so good that I stayed for double the time I normally do. If there was a way to bottle that feeling I had as I was leaving the gym I would be a millionaire. But for now I'll settle for tuning into that feeling to drive me towards the gym again next time I'm having a wobble.
So the moral of the story is that there is no stronger (legal) mood booster than some exercise and going against your chimp (there he is again) and doing what you know as a sensible human being actually works for you may involve a short burst of discomfort but is well worth it in the long run.
NB I refer to the gym here as that's where I happened to go this time, but exercise doesn't need to be done at a gym. Do whatever you enjoy. I didn't actually join a gym until I had already lost the weight I wanted.
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