WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO EXERCISE?
If you follow the news about health and fitness these days, a few of you may get the feeling that you are doing the whole pieces wrong! You sit all day at the pc — wrong! You drive far and wide as a substitute of strolling — wrong! You watch too much TV, don't take the stairs enough, don't exercise enough — the list goes on and on. Sitting around, it seems, has become as dangerous as driving without a seat belt and, yet, that's how most of us spend our time.
So, how can we make exercise a more natural part of our lives? The first step is to figure out what's truely behind our inactivity.
What's Stopping You from Exercise?
We're all too familiar with some of the most typical reasons why we don't exercise — we are too busy, too drained, it is too stupid and confusing. But are those reasons or are they excuses? We may tell ourselves we are too drained or busy, but the real reasons we don't exercise continuously go just a little deeper.
1. We're not used to being active. For many people, structured exercise is something they've never had to do before. As a result, bringing exercise into an already busy schedule continuously feels like having an unexpected (and unwelcome) guest come for a visit. Having to rearrange your schedule to accommodate this guest causes stress, anxiety and even resentfulness. That's continuously how we feel when we realize that starting an exercise program may require substantial modifications in how we live and schedule our time.
2. Today's world doesn't require as much movement. The way we live now doesn't provide many opportunities to go around — we don't should be active to get things done. If you come from an active family and have managed to remain active over the years, you may not have as much issue. But, if you don't have that foundation, you're now seeing how hard it is to work exercise in after years of being inactive.
3. We see exercise as a luxurious. We know that exercise is necessary for fantastic health, quality of life and weight management. Yet, even with doctors and experts asking us, practically begging us to exercise (while broadening the definition of exercise such a lot in order that now housework is considered exercise), we are still trying to have the opportunity around it. Whether this can be a pill, a diet, a gadget or plastic surgery, there are a few who still suppose they can get the whole advantages of exercise without actually having to do it.
four. We view exercise as pointless or challenging. What do you picture when you bring to mind exercise? Riding a stationary motorbike to nowhere, eyes rolling back into your head from boredom? Or maybe a complicated aerobics class where you're tripping over your feet? Unfortunately, too large amounts of us see exercise (or at least what we've explained as exercise) as something negative. It's stupid, pointless, challenging, repetitious…fill in the blank and you've most probably thought it. And if that's how you view exercise, is it any wonder you don't want to do it?
5. The effects aren't immediate. For most things in life, there are immediate effects if we don't do what we are supposed to do. But what happens if you don't exercise? Usually, nothing. At least, not perfect away. Even knowing the possible effects (such as weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, cancer) aren't enough to get us going because it is tough to worry about something that hasn't happened or may never happen, is definitely not it?
Do any of those thoughts strike a cord with you? If so, you could also be wondering if it is even possible to to find the motivation to exercise. The fantastic news is that even just a small change in how you suppose about exercise can make a big difference.
Motivation is definitely not something that just happens to you, but something you create for yourself. Exercise could also be all about moving the body, but you won't get anywhere until you move your mind first. Getting past your mental roadblocks can open the door for new thoughts and new attitudes.
1. Accept the actuality that you have to exercise. If you spend most of your time sitting and you need to lose weight and get healthful, exercise is a must. Nothing…no pill or diet or surgical procedure can take the place of being active. Making peace with that actuality continuously makes doing it just a little easier and, the superb news is, your alternatives abound. Exercise doesn't have to take up hours of your time and knowing you can create your own exercise experience may aid you get up and get moving.
2. Acknowledge your lifestyle. In the past, we had more reasons to go. We had to cut our own grass, wash our dishes by hand, walk to and from school. Things are different today and we can not go back to the past. Most of us aren't going to eliminate our computers, TVs, cars and cell phones and that is definitely not necessarily the answer. But, these items can contribute to our health problems if we let them take over. Acknowledging your duty as well as a need to to find balance brings you one step closer to changing how you live.
3. Make exercise mean something to you. For many people, exercise is a means to an end — a way to lose weight and get a much better body. Future goals are nice, but there's another part to the equation that, when lacking, makes exercise hard to follow: Purpose.
In other words, your exercises need to have value, even with whether you ever reach your desired goal. Always working for a few future, intangible thing is definitely not enough – we need it to mean something now.
So, what does exercise mean to you besides a way to lose weight? Is there any value, outside of your weight loss goals, to figuring out? For me, exercise is a way to minimize stress and keep my energy up. For you, exercise could be the only time you get to yourself each day. Find you're own value and which means and you're going to to find your motivation.
four. Find your own exercise direction. Too continuously, the mainstream idea of exercise involves things like big health clubs, cardio machines, fitness programs, etc. That's unfortunate if the thought of doing those things makes you balk. Here's a few fantastic news — you have the freedom to do whatever activities you need. If you hate the big gym mentality, you don't have to join one to get fit. If you hate the repetition and boredom of machines, you can attempt more interactive functional training. Find out what you need and forget the rules!
NATIONALLY CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER/FACILITY OWNER – Certified Personal Trainer and Health Nutritionist with over two decades of physical fitness experience. Facility owner/co-founder of Personal Best Fitness, knowledgeable personal training and Pilates facility.
HEATH ADVISOR, WELLNESS & LIFESTYLE CONSULTANT – Lecturer, advisor, motivational speaker and health consultant. Creator of interactive, internet-based exercise and lifestyle video and audio programming.