Let’s face it: Monday mornings can be a struggle. The Monday blues may not be an official medical condition, but most of us know that it’s all too real. After a relaxing weekend, going back to demands of the weekday can be a comedown, and it’s common to feel downbeat and low on energy levels for the first few hours of Monday morning.
All this can make it more tempting to push your workout further down the week when you are feeling more chipper, but in fact working out on a Monday can do you the power of good.
You will set the tone for the week ahead
Mondays may feel like a chore, but they are also a fresh start and a chance to press the reset button. The phrase ‘begin as you mean to go on’ is well used, but it contains the truth that we are more likely to stay the course if we establish a routine from the outset.
Our minds are programmed to take mental shortcuts, so if you worked out on Monday, you will find it less effort to work during the rest of the week.
You will have more energy
Who couldn’t use a little spare energy, especially as the working week goes on? While exercise obviously takes up energy, it also makes your cardiovascular system work more efficiently by sending extra oxygen and nutrients to your vital organs. This means that you will be less likely to feel fatigued during the day.
If you feel as though your energy levels are not quite optimal despite regular workouts, this could be due to an electrolyte imbalance. When we sweat during strenuous exercise, we not only lose fluids but also vital minerals and nutrients including sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
You will be in better spirits
If you are prone to feeling a bit blah on Mondays, then a workout is the perfect tonic. Scientific research has proved that exercise releases endorphins, the ‘feel-good’ hormone that helps to relieve pain, counteract the effects of stress and boost our mood.
Getting down the gym or out for that run will lift those blues and put you in a positive state of mind for tackling the start of the working week.
You will be more mentally focussed
Working out stimulates the circulation, and it can also release chemicals that support the growth of new blood vessels in the brain. This can actually mean you have more brain cells, resulting in better memory and concentration. You are more likely to be productive and will soon be powering through your to-do list in top gear.
Hormones released during exercise also trigger the body’s relaxation systems, which can help you feel calmer and more able to deal with whatever the world throws at you.