In my last ezine I talked about the reasons why exercise is good for you. If you did not know this information already, you now have some great reasons to get active. But what if you know this already and motivation is your real problem?
Today we are going to examine the blocks that may be holding you back from steppinginto a healthier way of being. Then I am going to give you 7 ways to get yourself up and exercising!
I don’t know about you but being told I ‘should’ do something does not make me do it! In fact hearing my own voice saying the same thing has the same effect. Instead of beating yourself into submission around exercise let’s examine the things that may be holding you back from exercising regularly.
Take a moment with a blank piece of paper divided into two columns and write down 10 benefits you currently get when you do NOT exercise. (This may be a hard list to fill for some of you but don’t worry).
Then, write down the10 benefits you will get from taking exercise regularly. Now imagine you are giving a talk to an audience about the benefits to you of NOT exercising.
- Would your audience buy into your stance?
- Would you feel good about standing by your lack of exercise?
If either of these answers is “NO” then you are ready to start making an exercise action plan.
Here are the 7 steps to a healthier you!
- Enjoy it: Choose forms of exercise that you actually enjoy. It doesn’t have to be the thing that will make you the most fit but it IS very important that you actually like doing it. This may mean that you take Salsa classesor walk with friends rather than hitting the gym.
- Footgear: Get the right shoes for your chosen exercise. Just investing in them and then the act of putting them on sends important signals to your whole being about investment in self and committment.
- Make Time: No-one has enough time for exercise so we have to make time. There are two effective ways to do this. Firstly by replacing something you are already doing such as walking or cycling towork instead of driving. Secondly youmight considermaking your day longer by getting up earlier to accomodate your exercise before your day would normally start. I personally like the latter as I get some me-time before everyone else is up and the time I lose in sleep is more than balanced out by the extra energyI generate for myself by exercising:)
- The Fridge: Write up your exercise goals and benefits and stick this on your fridge. This way you see it ALOT
- Frequency: Exercising twice a week is harder on a motivational level than doing it 3 or 4 times. This is because the physical and emotional benefits are harder to notice and you have to use much more will power to ensure you get your two sessions in. So it is best to exercise 3-4 times a week.
- Hydration: Starting a regular and new exercise regime can cause many body systems to have their own work out and this may throw up unfamiliar symptoms. See your homeopath if these become troublesome but it is also very important to drink up to 2 litres of spring or energised water a day. You will see a positive change in your skin in just 14 days with exercise and excellent hydration!
- Keep a record: You are starting something BIG. So treat yourself to a notebook and make a record of when you exercised and how it felt and what you did. That way you will be able to look back on your progress and see how far you have come in a short time.
So next time you are procrastinating and thinking of “The Shoulds”, turn it around and think of “The Coulds” and see the possibilities for your health and your life with an energised and fitter you! If you need some motivational help with homeopathy make anonline consultation with me to work on removing your road blocks.
I would love to hear your experiences with starting a new exercise regime in the comments below 🙂