You’ve been exercising wrong: here’s why and what to do about it

Exercising for your mental and physical wellbeing.

I always viewed exercising as a chore. You have to find the time in your busy schedule. You need to get dressed appropriately. And then even if you make it to the gym, there is the pressure to already look fit.

What’s more. Most likely you are dreading exercising because the reason why you decided to do F-45 or CrossFit, or another fad is to lose weight. It is not that you don’t want to lose weight. Of course, you do! But if you only could do it without the sweat.

I hear you. And that is why in today’s blog I will show you one simple mindset shift that you can incorporate straight away to move from overwhelmed to excited.

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Energy for mental and physical wellbeing

First, Fitness

We all know the benefits of exercising. Stronger bones and muscles. More palpable tissue and stronger cardiovascular health, larger lungs capacity. Actually, all aspects of our health will be improved. But above all, we will be fitter.

What would it mean to you to be fitter? What would you be able to do if you were fit?

Maybe you want to get to the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko with your daughter? Or maybe you want to have the strength to lift your kids up and play with them? Or maybe you want to look confident in your favourite dress during that work function that is coming up?

Feeling fit can open many doors.

And there isn’t a limit on what you can do. You can get as fit as you like. With the array of exercises to choose from, there should be something that you like doing.

All The Reasons

As I mentioned at the beginning, I was never a fan of exercising. Every time I thought about push-ups, squats, or planks I felt unmotivated. And because I wasn’t on a quest to lose weight, I didn’t see a reason to exercise at all.

After all, no ad for yoga pants tells you that you will have strong bones and that is why you should get them!

Research shows us that there are serious consequences of having a sedentary life. We put on weight, our body is stiffer, there are more aches and pains in our necks, we experience headaches more often and our mood plummets too.

However, as much as the data is convincing the long hours of sitting in front of a desk are rarely the motivator to get into exercise, aren’t they?

My breakthrough came when I was overstressed, burn-out, and struggling with depression. At that time, I didn’t know that I had no energy because I wasn’t creating any energy. And if you suffer from a mental disorder like depression or anxiety, exercising is the last thing on your mind anyways.

Although there were many components to my way out of depression, I decided to investigate exercising. It wasn’t because I wanted to get fit or to lose weight. It was because I wanted to change the way I felt.

Sounds familiar? Let me be the first to say it.

You have been exercising for the wrong reasons.

Yes, that is a bold statement, but once you go deeper and understand your core reason, you will shift how you feel about exercising.

The Reason To Exercise

The question you need to ask yourself is fairly simple. Why do you want to exercise?

Yes, I said want.

Because as with anything in life, to feel motivated and have the energy to follow through, you need to want to do the thing in the first place.

Losing weight, having killer abs, and having stronger bones are all good reasons to get on the exercise train. But are those reasons strong enough for you to wake up at 5am, when it is dark and raining and put your yoga pants on?

What would happen if you started exercising for fun, joy, and vitality?

What would be the outcome in your life?

And when we are at it, let’s start looking at exercising more as body-mind movement rather than creating a six-pack.

I am a bit advocate of the body-mind connection and mindful body movement. It is not about sweat, hamstring stretching, and biceps. Body movement is about strengthening your body and stretching your mind so you can have the energy and motivation to lose weight, come out of depression, or be fit.

Wouldn’t be worth it?

Exercise for the Right Reasons

Fitness itself is great. But being fit does not necessarily mean that you are healthy. And your health can be a good reason to exercise. Strong bones, muscles, improved heart rate, and better body resistance are all part of good health.

If you are dreading exercising, and you think about exercising as a means to lose weight only, or to get the body of a supermodel, then it can be a chore.

Getting crystal clear on the reason why you want to exercise can shift the dynamic. Some reasons, although appealing, may not be motivating enough to get you to the gym.

So, if you have been exercising for the wrong reason, now is your chance to change it. Why would you like to exercise? How would you like to feel?

The easiest way to change how you feel is to change the chemical composition of your body. Thanks to exercising, the natural pain killers, endorphins, are being released. So exercising can do that for you.

Using exercise as a way of adding mindful body movement is another excellent reason to get on the wagon.

Imagine that you are the fittest that you have ever been, that your weight is in check, your body is strong and your mind is prosperous. And all thanks to shifting your reason to exercise!

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