Recently I signed up for a gym membership again seven months pregnant, and while talking with a friend he asked me “why now?”.After all I had barely done any type of exercise my entire pregnancy. But, my answer just kind of rolled off my tongue without any thought “I missed it”. The gym is more than just a place for me to take selfies in the mirror (there is nothing wrong with that, btw.) It’s a place where I grow physically and mentally. It’s a place where I am surrounded by like minded people who are trying to become better versions of themselves.
I started going to the gym regularly in January 2017. It was the first time I had ever purchased a monthly gym membership and because I was spending so much a month on my membership alone I made myself go everyday. A funny thing happened last year that I couldn’t quite explain until now.
When I was going to the gym regularly I found that my passion, motivation and drive in other aspects of my life were elevated. Aside from feeling more positive in my day job. I had goals to start online coaching. I was spending everyday working on Broken To Barbell and putting out content. I was pumping out youtube videos and growing my social media with the hopes of growing my personal brand in the fitness industry. Basically I was crossing off goals left and right.
After I became pregnant at the end of June all of that passion, drive and motivation went right out the window. Obviously creating life is a blessing and I am so hyped to be doing it but at the same time. My goals were but on the back burner while I battled with morning sickness and what seemed like never ending exhaustion. So when I looked back at the last six months I noticed one very important thing in my life was missing. Exercise.
I couldn’t be the only person who's productivity was affected by skipping out on the gym right? So I did some research and found an article titled “The Relationship Between Physical Exercise and Productivity: The Mediating Effects of Subjective Health and Good Mood”. Basically this article explained the positive correlation between exercise and work performance. When asked “6 out of 10 workers said their time management skills, mental performance and ability to meet deadlines improved on days when they exercised”. The article also explains the effects of exercise on mood according to a study performed by the University Of Vermont . Stating that “people are in a better mood up to 12 hours after after engaging in physical activity”. I have linked the full article below if you would like to check it out!
The benefits of exercise aren’t only based on aesthetics but also on the way going to the gym can make you feel like you are on top of the world. So I am posting this on ‘SELF CARE SUNDAY’ a weekly self care reminder that Broken To Barbell has initiated. To remind you to take care of yourself as a whole. OH and go to the gym and lift weights you'll feel better. I promise.