The best sign of progress is getting to that point where missing a workout makes you feel terrible. Yesterday, my mother-in-law talked about this. She said she now feels stiff and cranky if she goes too long without a workout. That’s because her body has adapted and anticipates the workload of exercise. And if you don’t give your body what it’s primed and ready for, it gets a little twitchy.
No one likes twitchy.
Runners talk about that runner’s high. No one knows exactly what causes it, but doctors have theories. They include the release of endorphins (the “happy hormone”), the increase in production of neurotransmitters, and even increased body temperature.
“Norepinephrine secretion, dopamine, and serotonin have all been shown
to help to reduce depression,” says Bryant. “These neurotransmitters also tend
to be released and produced in higher concentrations during exercise,
so people think that it may be some of these other biochemical substances,
aside from the endorphins, that might be responsible for this effect.”
– Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise
Whatever it is, a regular exercise program contributes to not only increased cardiovascular health and muscle tone, but the following benefits:
- Better moods
- Decreased anxiety levels
- Increased relaxation
- Better self-esteem
Just like any habit, when you fall out of it, you feel off. Out of whack. Twitchy. When your body is stronger and ready to take on exercise and movement, give it what it wants!
On that note, for this week’s workout you’ll need a set of light dumbbells, a mat, and sliders (can substitute paper plates).
Learn the exercises and proper form in this “No Going Back!” Workout Preview:
“No Going Back!” in Real Time: