You hate to exercise.
It’s hard to start a plan. It’s difficult to continue your plan. You’re too tired. Too busy. Too unmotivated. There are things you’d rather do. Should do.
Maybe sometimes you are able to guilt yourself into it because you know you *have* to. It’s sort of like eating vegetables. You don’t love it, but you vaguely know why you *should* do it more.
Or maybe you ate a slice or two of cake and you think that 60 boring and mindless minutes on the treadmill or elliptical will balance it out.
Maybe you have a gym membership that you never use because nothing about a windowless room with a bunch of screens and machines makes you happy or excited to wake up at some godless hour you’ve deemed necessary. (Ladies, I’ve been there.)
Or maybe you think that working out is going to help you to lose weight, so you go to the gym for a little while and then you stop because…?
Maybe you’re just not “athletic.” (Oh look, it’s me again!)
Or if you can’t exercise 5 days a week for 60 minutes at a time, it’s not even worth trying.
Do any of these ring a bell? They did for me. I think I’ve said each of these to myself numerous times in the past 15-20 years.
The CDC recommends that adults get 150 to 300 minutes of moderately intense exercise per week and 2 days of strength training per week. Why? Sedentary behavior, like sitting at your computer eight hours a day, places you at higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and general mortality. The CDC states that “physical activity helps prevent 8 types of cancer […], reduces the risk of dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), all-cause mortality, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and depression; and improves bone health, physical function, and quality of life. (1)” There’s evidence that it can help cognition in those with dementia, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, and Parkinson’s, decreases the risk of postpartum depression, and reduces risk of excessive weight gain. The CDC also says that ANY exercise is better than no exercise. (1)
And yet only one in three adults meet these guidelines (2).
But you hate to exercise! You probably hate to exercise because of all those lies you keep telling yourself about how you hate to exercise. The all or none thinking. That exercising is going to help you lose weight. That it must be done in a gym. Or that you should do it because of your diet. Or that you’re just not the athletic type. I believed every one of these lies, too.
Over the years, my mindset has shifted drastically. Here are some secrets for learning how to love moving your body!
Get out there already! What are you waiting for?!