While writing this article, I still feel my aching muscles from yesterday's two-hour football training. The pain is still there, but it doesn't keep me from exercising even more.
On the contrary, it motivates me to do even more sports. Over the years, sports has become an essential part of my life. Sport keeps me sane.
Here's how and why.
Sitting is the new smoking.
There's a rather new book called "Deskbound" describing the modern life of office work and why sitting is the new smoking.
You don't need to be an expert that sitting 8 hours straight in front of your computer 5 days a week, can't be described as being healthy.
While I'm one of those office workers, plus I'm also a commuter, I really try to squeeze in as much sport as possible during the week as well as on the weekend.
Winter vs summer season
When it comes to sports, I'm rather a summer person, which means that most of my sport activities happen during the spring and summer months. Like cycling, running, and playing soccer.
When it comes to winter months, I more of a lazy person. Living close to the Alps, I try to go skiing (or snowboarding) from time to time. But more or less. That's it.
Luckily last winter was different.
7-minute workout & peer pressure
I found out about the 7-minute workout, which allows you to get fit with only 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair, and a wall. And the best part: It only takes 7 minutes of your day. There are various mobile apps out there which help you through your 7-minute workout. I use Seven for that.
And let's be honest here? Everybody can spare 7 minutes a day for getting healthier.
And the second thing which changed this winter was peer pressure. As mentioned before, I can be a pretty lazy person during some cold winter months. Luckily, we started a running initiate in our company, which forced me to overcome my winter laziness. So, I went for a run week over week. Even if it was snowing, or freezing.
But let me tell you why sport keeps me sane.
Sport brings focus.
Doing sports can be quite exhausting, and sometimes even painful. While doing sports your mind freezes. Well, not actually freezes, but re-organizes your thoughts. And focuses on what's really important.
I need to survive this workout.
Sport gives me a fresh start.
Let's admit it. Every one of us has seen some bad days from time to time. A busy day at work, stress at home. From my point of view, there's no better medicine than exercise for that.
As soon as I put on my running shoes, and I'm out the door, I'm in a different space. And in a different mood. Obviously, you won't get rid of all your thoughts right away, but at least you start organising your feelings, and you start feeling better again.
Sport makes me happy.
It sounds simple. And it really is. Physical activity triggers brain chemicals that make you feel happier. And more relaxed.
And it's not just that exercise leads to an increase in serotonin and norepinephrine which may, in turn, reduce depression and stress. Exercise may actually help ward off depression and anxiety by enhancing the body's ability to respond to stressors. (source)
Sounds pretty nice, right?
Outdoor sports. Just ❤️
There's nothing better than doing sports outside. I love being in nature and doing sports outside is just fantastic.
And it is healthy, too.