Fitness is not something you achieve and forget, it’s something you attain and maintain.
If you’ve had a relaxing weekend and hung out on the couch, then getting up on Monday morning might be extra tough. I believe the start of a fresh week is the best time to commit yourself to staying fit, watching your diet and hitting the gym for the next 4-5 days.
Research shows that hitting that hitting the gym can boost brain power by potentially increasing levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which is shown to build healthier nerve cells. Studies also show that strenuous exercise can help with memory and learning capabilities. If you are a sleep deprived person like myself or have a tough time staying asleep at night, studies also show that regular exercise helps control chronic insomnia and consistent exercise can give you an extra 45 minutes per night. I’ll take it!
If I cant make it to the gym in the morning then doing a short circuit of these exercises – jumping jacks, push-ups, planks, squats, lunges and abdominal crunches will hit the right sequence of muscles, leaves me feeling energized & no longer tired.
I always say a short workout is better than no work out, so if your pressed for time and you know you won’t make it to the gym, then try doing some easy at-home exercises before or after work, and I guarentee that these quick, intense workouts will make you feel stronger, more confident, awake and will get your week starting off on the right foot!