It can be hard to get back into the swing of the week, especially when chronic pain tightens up your body and makes moving just that much more difficult. After spending the weekend with grandkids, playing in the garden, or simply just running errands, the strain and wear on any person is enough to deter even more exercise.
Luckily, with Vital 1, a Monday morning workout doesn’t have to be a chore, and it definitely does not need to hurt. In fact, with Marcia leading the class, there is a guarantee you will actually feel better. If you’re still unsure about waking up and coming to class, here are some other benefits to working out first thing Monday morning.
- You will start the week off feeling great.
When you start Monday out with a class with Marcia, you’ll feel rejuvenated and energized by the time you go home an hour later. Having these happy endorphins pumping through your blood will leave you smiling and ready to take on the rest of the week. If you’re heading into Monday with a positive attitude, the rest of the week will be a breeze.
- You will be more likely to keep up stretching for the rest of the week.
Exercising on Mondays can prep you mentally for the week ahead. If you start off your Monday feeling stretched and limber, it will keep your mind more set on that feel-good mentality. You might find yourself more eager to continue stretching at home, or even to come to another class mid-week.
- You will sleep better.
The National Sleep Foundation reports the majority of chronic pain sufferers have trouble sleeping, but through the simple and slow motions of Essentrics, as your body settles its way through the stretches, you’ll find your pain becoming less, which will in turn help you sleep better.
- You will feel less anxious.
Life can sometimes blindside you, leaving you feeling anxious and upset about the future. But starting your Monday off, in a safe setting, surrounded by friendship and others in the same boat as you, can help all that anxiety dissolve away. Giving your mind something to focus on while also knowing you can confide in the people around you can be huge in relaxing and letting the stress go.
- You will boost brainpower.
Any type of physical activity has been known to boost levels of BDNF (a brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which is known to promote the health of nerve cells. This explains why those who do spend at least an hour per week exercising find themselves remembering more or grasping concepts faster.
Regardless as to why you are getting up in the morning for that perfect exercise class, it’s crucial that you make Monday the day. Every other day will just naturally follow.