Ever heard that saying “It’s a good day to be happy”? Well, that saying could really apply to any day of the week. Let’s take Monday, for example. For most people, Mondays can be hard. It’s the start of the week, no one wants to go back to work and if you’re like Garfield, Mondays can bit you back.
I used to hate Mondays. And even still, Mondays can be tough. But every now and then, things go well – I get to work on time, I have my coffee to wake me up, I had enough food to eat during the day, etc. The list can go on. And that list can be different for others. And you might think that I’m totally sugar coating things, but Mondays can be good days. And I choose to see it that way.
I have learned over time that if you choose to be happy in a sea of people that are living negatively, then you will have a much more fulfilling life. When I was younger, I was a negative child. I grew up as a pessimist. I never thought things were good and that the world was against me. I told myself this was a realistic way of looking at the world. Now, I laugh at myself because I think I was trying to protect myself. Now, I see the brighter side of things. The world isn’t as dark as I thought it was.
And what’s even better is that being happy is physically good for your health. In 2012, Julia Boehm of Harvard School of Public Health found that people with a better sense of well-being tend to have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. People that fall into this category also tend to exercise, eat healthy, get enough sleep and avoid smoking. This sounds to me like it’s where I am now. Do you fall into this category of people? While more research needs to be done, it seems that this is the place to be. If you’re not full there yet, don’t stress. Just work on it a little each day. Do some personal development, find a support group and take baby steps to get to the positive person that’s inside you.
I’ve always done my workouts in the early evening and at the same time, I’ve always wanted to do them in the morning. I have tried in the past and it was hard…very hard. I’ve done some research on the best time to do a workout and I’ve found some interesting information:
- Better metabolism – an early morning workout can help you burn more calories
- More energy for the day – an early morning workout can help you keep energized for the whole day
- Increased brain power – an early morning workout can help you use your brain in a more efficient manner
- Increased consistency – an early morning workout is better for keeping a schedule and staying on track
- Better healthy mindset – an early morning workout can help regulate your appetite and help you make better food choices throughout the day
After seeing these reasons, I want to do early morning workouts even more. There are some additional reasons (for me) that make a morning workout even more intriguing:
- I’d get more time after work to do the things I need and want to do. For example, blog more, catch up with clients, read, make healthy dinners…
- I’d get my workout done and over with! I think this reason alone is enough to make me try.
Tell me…when do you workout? I’d love to hear what time you workout and how it benefits you.
Welcome to Just Live Mindfully – a place to come if you’re looking to learn how to live the healthy, happy life you are meant to live. My name is Jenn Mullen and I am the owner of Just Live Mindfully. I am a foodie, a fitness fanatic, a tomboy that has turned into a girly girl who loves all things fashion and a passionate woman looking to help others learn others with their health and wellness needs.
Health and wellness is not just about fitness and nutrition. It involves all aspects of life – relationships with others, the career you have, what you believe in and yes, it does include physical activity. Throughout my life, I always thought health and wellness was just about eating extremely well and being physically active every single day. I had no idea that health and wellness involved laughing every day, having positive relationships with the people around you (“your tribe”) and living a life you design. Now that I have learned this, my life has improved exponentially.
As Just Live Mindfully grows, my wish is that I am able to inspire and motivate people to be happy, healthy and live a life they have designed. I hope you will join me on this journey and change the world along side me.