When I was 25 years old, I became a gym junkie. I went four times a week and trained hard with a personal trainer. During that time of my life, I was chasing the physical appearance benefits of going to the gym and training.
I remember feeling really good after every workout. Whenever I felt stressed or upset, going to the gym helped me.
Then my life crashed: I stopped.
About two years in, everything in my life went horribly wrong. I ended up leaving a business and starting all over again. I sold everything I had and so I could no longer justify paying a personal trainer. I stopped going to the gym not long after too.
Here’s the harsh truth.
Since that day when I quit the gym all those years ago, I’ve never felt the same. The rush that you get from putting your body under pressure and sweating profusely can’t be matched. A few weeks ago, I began reading this book that included a chapter on physical training.
The benefits were highlighted to me again. You’ll increase your endorphin levels triggering a positive response in your body; you’ll increase cardiac volume; you’ll increase insulin sensitivity and that will put you in a better mental state. Oh, and it makes you smarter too.
Endorphins make you smarter by improving blood flow to the brain and boosting growth hormones that produce new nerve cells. They even help release brain chemicals like dopamine, glutamine and serotonin. Serotonin is the chemical that makes you happy.
So obviously going to the gym and having these endorphin things are good for you. Imagine what newfound energy this will bring to your passions in life.
What caused me to go back to the gym?
I’d been feeling low on energy despite my healthy diet and I was getting a few headaches. This was literally killing my dreams because I didn’t have the energy I needed to write inspirational content.
I came home from the gym and felt on fire!
After my first session back at the gym, I came home and felt on fire. I wrote five blog posts in a matter of hours – they were some of my best work. My mental state was changed and the low energy I was experiencing went away.
The food I ate began to change.
When you increase the endorphin levels in your body, I found, that I no longer wanted to eat junk food. I’ve seen the same change in my friends who have gone this route as well. Training at the gym makes you want to refuel and recharge with proper food.
All of a sudden a big greasy pizza just doesn’t feel appealing anymore. You start to crave fruit, vegetables, tofu, seafood and anything that will nourish you and help you train again the next day.
I know this sounds nuts and I promise you it’s true!
It’s not just the endorphins.
The endorphin rush is not the only benefit I got from the gym. There were added side benefits that I didn’t even think of.
It’s the discipline you get.
It’s the goals you set.
It’s the changes you see.
It’s the people you meet at the gym.
What starts to happen is that you become focused on being just that little bit better each day. Instead of staying the same and not growing in any way, your mindset changes.
“You look for ways to improve your life and the gym becomes the catalyst for it”
It’s only after some deep, meditative thought that I came to this conclusion. Lucky I read that book hey?
And wait, there’s more.
I started to smile more. With my mental state changing for the better, I no longer found myself disappointed or pissed off for not having the energy I craved, to live my life.
With all of this extra thinking space, I found myself smiling more. Looking after yourself feels good. If nothing else, it gives you something to be happy about.
Anger and stress decreased.
During the first week of gym training, I had a few negative situations I was dealing with at work.
They were really annoying me and I found myself being angry.
This anger led to stress that I hadn’t experienced for a while.
“The gym became an outlet for me to get out of my own head because I was forced to concentrate on the pain and focus needed to do the exercises I had committed to”
Combining the gym with a bit of meditation also helped too.
Don’t forget that three letter word (you thought I was going to say Tim but I mean sex baby!)
So far I’ve only spoken about the gym – don’t forget sex as well. Sex releases endorphins. If you want more endorphins, then have more sex!
Now you have two sources of endorphins to play with (pardon the pun).
I know what you’re thinking – because I am Gandhi (joking) – “Tim I already knew all of this. Of course going to the gym is good for you.”
That’s the issue right there. We know lots of stuff and most of the time we still don’t take action on what is good for us. The best way to take action on tasks like going to the gym is to hear someone else’s story.
Stories will inspire you to take action, not knowledge.
Now you’ve heard my story, it’s time to take action. Drag your ass to the gym and start exercising. Don’t forget to sexercise as well (insert wink emoji here)!
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