As a follow up on one of my recent posts, Putting Exercise To The Test, I wanted to share the results from my little experiment. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t make it to the gym at 7am, every morning… Ok, maybe not any of the mornings 🙂 (I’m not a morning person) BUT I did workout 5 days out of the week! A little more honesty, I didn’t run everyday… BUT (another but) I did 40+ minutes of strength training and a bit of walking. More importantly, I saw results, and not just physical ones. Exercise really is a kind of built in happiness drug. Seriously, I felt better about myself every time I left the gym. I accomplished something, it felt good. It made me feel more prepared to take on the rest of the day. I was more energized and focused. Let’s be realistic, obviously, everyday wasn’t all ‘sunshine and rainbows’ just because I got a workout in. However, for the most part, I felt better. As I mentioned previously, I keep a mood diary and the benefits show there as well.
Take a look at the mood diary from the days I worked out (left) vs the mood diary from the previous week (right)-
These are real results!! I was even a little surprised when I compared the charts. I knew I felt better, but seeing the results visually gave me even more motivation to keep exercising. One other quick, exciting takeaway from my experiment. After 5 days in the gym, I was able to do a pull-up! Yes, one pull-up, but I have been trying to do a pull-up for probably 2 years now so this is huge for me 🙂 A little determination and commitment goes a long way!
Did anyone else do an experiment of their own? Feel free to share any other advice or activities you may have that help you improve your health.