Exercise. You know you should be less sedentary.
You totally get it.
You know that >52% of the adults >18 years old don’t get enough exercise.
And you’re one of them.
You want to do it.
But, what if you really don’t like to exercise?
Perhaps, it’s less about liking to exercise, and maybe more about finding a mobile activity that you just enjoy doing.
Looking at your exercise experiences from your past-perhaps even going back to your youth is a great starting place.
In your younger days, it was disguised as:
To begin, think about every kind of mobile activity that you did.
Now, think about those memories and ask yourself these questions:
With a little adaptation, you CAN find ways to do some of the things that you genuinely enjoyed in the past.
Finding something that you enjoy doing is a key to sticking to an exercise!
There is more to exercise than just…well exercising.
It should also be a form of stress relief.
But to obtain relief from stress, you need to do things that reduce your stress, not increase it.
That sounds silly, right?
It’s not-it’s crucial to enjoying what you are doing and continuing to do it.
Ask yourself these questions.
Do I find stress relief:
Do I like:
If you know that being in a room full of strangers with loud music in the background and a leader yelling at you to pedal faster will give you stress (and not the encouragement to do better), then that exercise is not a good fit for you right now.
To stick with it, choose something you enjoy and will be a stress relief…not cause more stress.
If you are not active now, and you have never been very active, expecting to successfully train for a full marathon is a bit unrealistic and has a high failure risk.
But, if you find running to be something that you enjoy and relieves your stress, then start!
Just start small.
Aim for running a few minutes, 2-3 times a week. Then run longer time periods.
Then train for a 5K.
Then, slowly progress towards a larger goal.
Create an early win!
To sum it all up, exercising for wellness is about finding an activity that you enjoy AND also fits in well with your life preferences. If you start by examining your past exercise experiences, you can then decide what you want from it and what exercise is a stress reliever for you. Be sure to start with small quick-win goals and then slowly progress. These tips will help you find activities you enjoy and then help you stick to a regular exercise schedule.
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