So, today’s post may be a little far off from my usual motivational posts. But it had to be said. I’m motivating you all you be better versions of yourself.
This is part of it. This is an intervention. Stop doing exercises you hate.
I’ve been there before. It’s not fun and it doesn’t stick. Yeah, I know you want to be healthy and fit and all that junk. But there’s a better way to do it.
The whole point of being healthy, fit, or whatever is to be to be consistent with your healthy practices, whatever that may be. If you hate running because it feels like death, don’t make that your prime go-to exercise. It’s very straight-forward, but a lot of us miss this.
You can’t stay on the exercise wagon if you don’t like what you are doing. Of course, you’re going to give up and stop going to the gym. All you do is run on the treadmill when you know you have bad knees.
Anything can help you become a fitter person. Some people scoff at traditional yoga because it’s so slow and relaxed. How is that even working out? You don’t even sweat.
Yoga is a movement. Sometimes the point is to just get moving. If you sit at a desk for 8 hours then sit on a couch the rest of the day, any movement is better than that.
Yoga good for your joints, your mind, and overall health. You could even try walking. Walking is great for cardiovascular health whether it’s a slow walk or a high-speed power walk.
When you do things you hate as an exercise, you start to make exercise a chore. That’s not what you want. You want it to be something natural. Something that you look forward to.
With that being said, maybe you need to try something new and out-of-the-box. Maybe get into boxing, or take a couple of dance classes. Do something that will challenge your mind and body.
Do something that will allow to be a different you. Maybe you may just find that that’s the you that you were missing all along. Also, don’t just exercise for aesthetics. Because when things really get tough, sometimes that goal won’t be enough.
Why am you harping on exercise? Exercise has so many benefits to health and daily life. I want you to be the best you. Exercising will help you indirectly achieve your goals.
Reduce your risk for diseases now and you will save time and money in the future. Weight-bearing exercises can decrease your risk for osteoporosis.
You can boost your energy by exercising. You can be more productive and have motivation to achieve more goals! You know how I love achieving goals and being productive!
There was actually a study that correlated brain cell growth to movement of your legs. Grow more brain cells and walk more!
You can also improve your mood. While exercise may not be a miracle cure to a full-blown medical depression, it can have some mood benefits.
Do exercises you hate and you get some interesting results. Yeah, you may lose weight fast, but can you keep it off? Exercise becomes a punishment.
Oh god, I have a 20-minute high-intensity jump-rope session! You just created internal voluntary stress for yourself right there. What did I tell you about stress? It’s a killer.
You basically just cancelled out the intended effects of your exercise. Maybe you are a low-intensity cardio type of person. All that high-intensity stuff makes the room start to spin after a while and you have to sit down until you get your balance back.
I don’t mean to nerd out or anything. But stress increases your cortisol levels. Cortisol can increase your fat storage.
You can also increase your blood pressure and blood sugar. Yeah, I know. I just said exercise undid all that stuff. Well, not if your stressed about it! You can never win, right? It’s okay. We’ll get through this together.
Maybe you like lifting heavy stuff. You love the endorphin rush! It makes you feel stronger! Like you can conquer the world!
Focus on lifting. Try and balance your exercise schedule so that you still have a variety of activities but, don’t make it painful. Exercise is not a punishment. It’s there to help you live a longer and better-quality life.
Don’t make exercise transactional either. Nowadays, exercise becomes a way to erase the calories that you over-ate. I’m sorry to break it to you. But, that’s not how it works.
It will take a whole lot more intense exercise to erase those 3 donuts you ate. Just move on and keep doing you. Some foods are for your body and some are for your soul.
The point of this blog post is to help direct you in your health. If yoga is too still for you, try power yoga or do something more intense. Do not torture yourself in the name of health because you are actually hurting yourself.
Psychologically, you will be creating a more stressful environment for yourself. You will also be setting yourself up for failure when it comes to following through with your fitness.
You are more likely to skip out on workouts because it looks like it’s going to rain or some other lame excuse week after week because you hate what you are doing.
Try different forms of exercise. Find the ones you enjoy and make those a part of your routine.
It’s okay to take breaks when you are just physically and mentally drained. It’s okay to take breaks when you are injured, but don’t let your hatred for how you exercise be the reason you miss out on the benefits of exercise.
Go and find a way to get active today!
Thanks for reading my rant,
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Also have you noticed my bias towards yoga and lifting. Running is literally like dying. It makes my knees hurt.
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