How many times have you tried to get into the habit of exercising only to discover that after a while, slowly but surely you let it go and exercise becomes just a memory instead of a way of living?
You know that to maintain good health, especially when you have pain, exercise is very important. It is important because when we exercise we release endorphins which help us to reduce pain and uplifts our mood, among many other benefits. So if you are not exercising regularly, then you are not contributing to your well-being.
If you believe that you should have a better exercise routine than you currently have, then you are not only going to enjoy this article but also you’ll have a great strategy to get yourself going and to keep going.
Which one of these can you relate to the most?
You have been consistently exercising for a period of time and then you stop.
It then takes a while to get back in the saddle and start exercising again.
You jump from one type of exercise to another, looking for the right fit for you.
You exercise sporadically and don’t really have a plan or a structure.
Because you are in pain, you are afraid to hurt yourself so you avoid it all together.
Because your mood is low, you don’t feel like it, so you don’t exercise and you try not to think about it too much because it makes you feel worse.
You can’t really pin point it, why you don’t exercise, you just don’t, even though you wish you had.
Bottom line, you never gain momentum and you never really see any results. Whether it is reducing weight, having more energy, getting in shape, or feeling good, you just never get into the habit of exercising.
So here is the key to get the exercise piece of your puzzle into action.
You’ve Got To Love The Exercise
Or Love The Results.
If you suffer while you exercise and you don’t enjoy it, your brain will associate exercise with displeasure, pain or any other unpleasant feelings, and it will do everything it can to kick you out of the game.
That’s me with our cat Mowglie, who joins the Yoga routine. I’ve done Yoga at home in front of the TV for almost 3 years. Now I’m back working in a group outside of home and getting much more out of my exercise.
My husband tends to do intensive boot camps for his exercise program. In fact, one of his trainers invited me to join them, but there was no way I’ll be dragged to one those killer classes as it’s not for me. I see them as a death sentence.
Because I had adrenal fatigue, the kinds of exercises that I’m drawn to are Yoga, Pilates, and walks in nature and hikes. This is what gives me joy, this is what I love and I can do these for the rest of my life.
I have weeks that I do one of the above for five days in a row. Others I do two or three times a week especially if I have had an extremely busy week and things were not as much in my control. I never stop out right for a long period of time, I always do something.
My body, more than my mind, is craving for the movement and it feels so wonderful while I am exercising and after I’ve exercised.
Don’t Believe Every Thought That
Goes Through Your Mind.
So when you think of exercise, what’s coming up for you are thoughts like: “it’s hard work”, “I hate it”, what good is going to come out of it anyway” or “I’m t0o busy” or “I’m in pain so I can’t do it” – don’t buy what your mind is telling you.
There are exercises that can fit every kind of lifestyle and there are exercises that can work for you even if you have pain.
Did you know that Joseph Pilates was a sickly child and suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever? He decided to dedicate his entire life to improving his physical strength. He came to believe that the "modern" life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lie at the roots of poor health. So you see, it doesn’t mean that you need to climb Mount Everest to be healthy. Find the kind of exercise that makes you happy and you’ll be looking forward to doing it.
So what are you drawn to? (choose one or two of these)
1. A physical activity where I’m by myself, I’m with a group,
I’m with a buddy, or I’m working with a private trainer.
2. A physical activity that is outdoors or indoors (It can be either or both).
3. A physical activity that is either invigorating, mellow, slow, fast,
with music or without, more like a game, more like dancing,
or add your own.
Now that you are starting to get a clearer picture of what kind of physical activity may bring you more joy, you have 50% of the project of taking care of your overall well-being into motion.
All that is left is do is:
Decide on the activity,
Schedule the time to do it, AND
If you are finding that you get stuck in any of these stages, reach out, write a comment below, and let me know where you are stuck and I’ll be happy to give you some suggestions that worked for me and my clients.
And here is the best tip I can give you:
If you have all these steps down, but you are still
not moving forward, this is what you need to do:
Just Put Your Exercise Clothes/Shoes On
And See What will happen Next. This is KEY!!
OK, after writing this blog, I feel like exercising.
I’m going to do it RIGHT NOW!!
And if you are eager and want to take action immediately towards better health and well-being, and you are ready to clear the blocks that may be standing in your way to feel better today, click here, watch the short video and follow the steps so we can get together on the phone for just a “getting to know each other” conversation to see if I can be of help.
To access all 16 parts of this series click here, this link will take you to the blog-article “16 Ways To Move Away From Pain And Into Freedom”. Towards the end of the article you’ll find the 16 ways. Each week, another article will be available, and you’ll be able to access each article from there.