All motion can help to create positive emotion, but the challenge is getting yourself to move when you are not feeling motivated. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to crush a 5K or sweat out an hour of “hot yoga” every morning to get your metabolic mo-jo going.
Our brains and bodies light up with motivation under the influence of the brain chemical dopamine. And this unsung hero for “getting up and at it” and being full of grit can be built by taking empowering small steps each and every morning and all day long!
A day in the life of motivation and dopamine (choose one or more):
- Perform modified lunges on your way to the bathroom
- Do modified squats while brushing your teeth
- Knock out 10 to 25 jumping jacks while waiting for your coffee or tea to brew
- Run in place while watching the morning news (during commercials run harder)
- Use your desk as a modified push up support for a mid-morning break
- Take a brisk 8 to 12 minute walk after lunch
- Do lunges to the kitchen or water cooler to get a large glass of water to drink at 3pm
- Take a lap around your car, your house or block at 5pm
The beauty of motivation is that you have the power to build it as needed. Motivation is a source for happiness as it supports you in accomplishing meaningful goals with energy, focus and style! Get your mo-jo on!
About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.