Research tells us that most people underestimate how much they eat and overestimate how much physical activity they get. If making time for regular exercise is a challenge, then a shift in thinking can prove helpful.
Too often, perceptions of exercise start from a place of negativity and shame. While most people are informed of the health risks associated with being overweight and sedentary, this usually isn’t a motivator for becoming a consistent exerciser.
If we approach exercise feeling like there’s something wrong that we’re trying to correct or if we perceive exercise as hard work filled with mindless routines, as something we have to do, as messy and sweaty, we likely won’t be drawn to it. The same is true if we choose it as a response 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.
Find the type of movement that fits you; One that makes you hum (or at the very least doesn’t make you feel bad.) Recalling the activities you enjoyed as a kid can be a good place to start.
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, improved sleep, connecting with others or personal achievement.
A few final tips:
- Start wherever you are, even if that’s totally sedentary. Start slowly. Enjoy movement as you build the habit into your lifestyle.
- 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 pay off.
- Pay attention to how movement makes you feel. Note your energy level before and after whatever activity you choose.
To your good health!
Certified Weight Loss Coach & Fitness Trainer
WHS Wellness Center
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