Now a lot of shift workers lack motivation to do anything let alone exercise because most of us are struggling with extreme fatigue, lethargy and an overwhelming feeling of tiredness.
So how do you find the motivation to exercise when you’ve lost it (or perhaps never had it?)
By making a conscious decision to improve your health.
You see most things are easy to do, but they’re also easy not to do. And for most people, they take the easiest option.
Let’s take getting up and off the couch to go for a walk, as an example. You can make the choice to go for that walk, or you can take the lazy option and stay put on the couch. The trouble with most people is that they take the lazy option which of course leads to weight gain, feeling more lethargic and poor health.
Exercise is essential to maintain good health, whether you work shift work or not.
In fact I believe that it’s even more important because it’s frighteningly easy not to look after yourself when you work shift work.
Using shift work as an ‘excuse’ or any other reasons why you can’t exercise is not going to help you to improve your health.
If you fail to exercise, this neglect or laziness causes your body to become just that – neglected, soft, lazy and fat. When you don’t exercise you are actually depleting your energy levels even more. Studies have shown that a lack of exercise can also lead to boredom and depression.
So make the decision to get out and do some exercise. Have your joggers and exercise gear ready to go … staring at you in the face as soon as you get up, or in the way so that you literally have to step over them to get through your front door.
In time you will see your muscles grow and the fat go away which should be enough motivation to keep you on track.
Bad habits can wait on you forever, in fact they don’t really ever go away. They will always be there, just around the corner, lurking and looking for an opening. But don’t wait until you have a heart attack before you remember you have a body!
Fat, unhappy and slumped on the couch versus looking trim, energized and glowing with health? I know which one I’d rather choose. How about you?