Sometimes we wake up, feeling positive and ready to start the day, and then something happens to drag down our mood. Maybe the outfit you planned last night just doesn’t look right. Or maybe you pass by a mirror and criticize yourself a bit too harshly. Perhaps you give in to temptation and eat a cookie for breakfast, and now you’re feeling guilty and angry at yourself. Now you don’t feel motivated to follow your eating plan for the day, and forget about exercise. It just sounds like too much work.
When you decide to pursue an exercise program or weight loss plan, your motivations might range from improving your appearance to following doctor’s orders. Those are certainly good reasons to improve your health. But for many people, more specific knowledge can be empowering. What exactly are the benefits of this lifestyle change?
How many times have you indulged in a treat, promising yourself you will work out extra hard the next day? Or have you ever exercised an extra hour so that you could “earn” a night out with friends? This exchange of exercise for indulgence sounds logical on the surface, but it’s actually a bad habit that you should avoid. Here’s why.