We all know we should be exercising regularly, but so many of us skip it. Why?
I think for many of us, we have so much other stuff going on, that we don’t make it a priority. I hear so often from my coaching clients that they just don’t have time to exercise. What they’re really saying is that it isn’t a priority.
Why, when we know that it is so important for our health, is it not a priority?
Firstly, our expectations are too high
We think that if we aren’t putting in a solid hour at the gym sweating hard that there is no point. You aren’t doing it properly, and if you can’t get that full hour sweat session in then you might as well not do it at all.
Lower your expectations. Start with just 10 minutes. Start with something easy. With exercise, a little can go a long way. Start by simply making space for it, and give yourself some easy wins. 10 minutes of stretching, or a short walk around the block, it all counts.
Secondly, we have beliefs about ourselves that make it harder to get our workout in
We believe that we are lazy or that we’re not motivated.
These false beliefs about ourselves hold us back, and give us an excuse not to exercise. We let ourselves off the hook because “that’s just who I am”.
I have never met someone who is actually lazy. Look at other areas of your life where you not only succeed, but you excel. Perhaps you are a superstar in the workplace, or a mum who would do anything for her kids. Look for areas in your life where you aren’t lazy. Look for the evidence to prove yourself wrong, and start believing that you CAN do it.
Motivation will always come and go. There will always be days when you don’t want to do it, but if it was feeding the family, doing the laundry or getting up and going to work, you would do it anyway, whether you wanted to or not. Apply the same logic to your workout. Make it a part of your routine that you do no matter what, and over time it will become a habit that you feel wrong when you skip it.
Lastly, we do workouts that don’t suit us
You don’t have to be a runner if you hate running. You don’t have to lift weights or do yoga if it’s not for you. Experiment with finding a workout that lights you up. Find exercise that feels good in your body. Dance, swim, ride a bike, hike, do Pilates, play sport, find a fun workout on YouTube… You have to do something that makes you happy.
Exercise should be fun. When we exercise we get a big boost of happiness because our bodies were designed to move. If you don’t love it, try something else; there are endless options available to us. Find something you love, and remember that it might change over time. You might find that after a while you don’t love your yoga practice anymore, that’s okay, you can switch it up as often as you like. There is no wrong way to move your body, so find what feels good for you in the moment.
Make yourself and your health a priority, and find ways to make it fun and enjoyable. The more often you do it, the easier it gets and I promise you will be a happier and healthier person.
Eli is a health and happiness coach based in Brisbane. Her philosophy is that in order to be healthier we need to be happier. So stop doing what isn’t working for you, and start finding more joy in life. Go after your dreams and change your life for the better. If you want to learn more go to www.elinorking.com or www.facebook.com/elinorking.lifestyle