There is a line in a dumb movie (Legally Blonde) that I like to quote when it comes to exercise “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happy people don’t kill their husbands, they just don’t.”
I am notorious for quoting this. Here’s the thing. People who exercise are altogether better prepared for life’s challenges. Physical and mental.
According to Heidi Godman at Harvard, Exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells.
I exercise 5 times per week. It is a habit. It’s not even something I think about anymore. Even in the midst of the 6 weeks, I was putting my office back together, I only missed a couple of days because it is such a habit and sacred part of my morning routine. Why am I telling you this? Because I believe in exercise as a way to help you work smarter! I believe that you NEED routine and endorphins to create your ideal life. I believe that once you create a habit out of exercise and you no longer have to think about it, your flow will become better each week, month and year.
Here are 5 helpful tips for getting started.
1. Get started! walk around the block, do 10 sit-ups, get a trainer, pay for a class (we tend to be more motivated when we pay)
2. Get it in before you start your day. There are multiple excuses you can come up with once you are into your day, but first thing in the morning, fewer excuses.
3. Get it in your planner – write it down. Exercise. Look at it this way, if you get nothing else done for the day, you will have gotten your endorphins!
4. Kill 2 birds with one stone. ok, you don’t love the treadmill? listen to a podcast or book. (always a proponent of consistently learning). listen to your favorite songs. Get on the stationary bike and throw on Netflix. What other things can you do while you exercise?
5. Make a commitment. It’s so much easier to be 100% committed than only partially committed. When you are partially committed you can make excuses and waste valuable time and energy on when what and how you should do something, instead of just doing it.