We make time for activities that are important to us and no one (even those like me who love to exercise) ‘finds’ time to exercise. We all know its benefits (for reinforcement, click here ); We must make it a habit and prioritize it for it to become and remain a regular and consistent part of our lives. Closing the gap between knowledge and action takes intention.
A shift in thinking is a helpful place to begin.
The list of excuses to avoid exercise is long and likely familiar—lack of time is the top reason most people give for not being regularly active. I encourage my clients to follow the axiom ‘be stronger than your excuses.’
Too often, perceptions of exercise start from a place of negativity and shame. If we approach exercise feeling like there’s something wrong that we’re trying to correct (e.g. my thighs are too big) or if we perceive exercise as hard work filled with mindless routines, as something we have to do, as a messy and sweaty experience, we likely won’t be drawn to it. Ditto if we choose it as an antidote to overindulging in food and drink.
Simply not thinking of exercise as a chore can help. Seeing it as a positive self-care routine that is a celebration of your body’s capabilities can be a positive and propelling force. A key word to add to your fitness thinking is enjoyment. If you don’t enjoy an activity (whether it’s exercise or something else), chances are quite good that you won’t stick to it. Think of being active as ‘you-time’; something you ‘get’ to do.
When you identify your personal reasons for being active ~ your why ~ you’ll likely see a positive change. Possibilities for motivation include joyfulness of movement, stress reduction, controlling how you age, better body confidence, improved sleep, connecting with others or personal achievement.
My invitation to you
• Start wherever you are, even if that’s totally sedentary. Start slowly. Enjoy movement as you build the habit into the rhythms of your days.
• Focus on how being active makes you feel good today. Identify its life-quality impact for you and the positive and tangible reinforcement of your efforts will come.
• Pay attention to how movement makes you feel. Note your energy level before and after whatever activity you choose.
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To your good health!
Certified Whole Health Coach
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