Mental-Benefits-of-Getting-Uncomfortable-KinetixIt’s no secret that exercise and working out is good for us. So why is it such a challenge, sometimes or most of the time, to build a sustainable habit around physical activity?

One reason could be related to comfort. It’s hard to do something that makes you uncomfortable. Especially when the reward isn’t instantly available. And working out can be uncomfortable.

But in order to accomplish your fitness goals and get results, you have to be willing to make yourself uncomfortable. What does this mean?

You will sweat.
You will wake up early when it’s still dark out.
You’ll work out in front of other people.
You will get sore.
Your hands will get calluses; they might even tear.

Looking at this list, you might see something that you can relate to either now or in the past.

Why do we choose to do this to ourselves? Why do we willingly make ourselves uncomfortable when the alternative (a warm bed, comfy couch, etc) seems so much more appealing?

Because the benefits outweigh the discomfort. When you’re able to get past temporary discomforts, you’ll experience long lasting physical and mental benefits of a consistent workout habit. Physically, you’ll have more energy, increase your strength and endurance, and your clothes will probably fit better. Here are just a few of the mental benefits of getting uncomfortable:

1. Sense of Accomplishment

There are no magic pills or secrets to getting results. Long-term, sustainable fitness results come from working hard and being uncomfortable. And when you’re committed to the process, your reward is a sense of accomplishment that makes you want to continue.

2. Increased Confidence

Confidence comes from believing in yourself and your abilities. When you work hard to achieve a goal, you discover that you can do more than you’ve done in the past. And the result is a boost in your self-confidence.

3. Improved Mental State

Physical activity creates all kinds of positive chemical reactions in your brain that improve your mental state. These reactions help you focus, think more clearly, and make better decisions.

The coaches at Kinetix in Rochester are here to help you connect your goals to how you train, move, eat, and live. To learn more about getting started, contact us today.