When it comes to exercise, here’s what I see:
Some people LOVE to exercise and actually look forward to it.
Some people HATE to exercise but push themselves to do it.
Either way, MOST people love the way they feel when they’re done. However, I’ve stumbled across a few exercise-haters who don’t seem to get the endorphin rush post-exercise. They’re just glad it’s over!
This is a tricky population for me; I can’t sell the “euphoria” that comes when the torture is finally over.
If you’re one of these people, you have to change your approach to exercise. If you’re pushing yourself to lift weights, to do cardio or to take an exercise class, you know that you’re doing it for a good reason—to stay healthy. When it’s over, you must focus on your accomplishment……the fact that you did it!
Often, exercise-haters are inconsistent when it comes to sticking to an exercise regime. This is a huge part of the problem because starting over, after a long hiatus, is the hardest part. It takes so much MENTAL effort to psych yourself up, and this is EXHAUSTING. And let’s face it…..if you’re inconsistent, there are MANY more episodes of starting over! (No wonder why you hate it so much!)
If you push yourself to be consistent, you might find that you’ll slowly start hating exercise less. AND….. you might even find that you DO enjoy the way you feel when it’s all over.
Sometimes having a goal in mind helps. Consider registering to run or walk now. Once committed, you may find it easier to map out a fitness schedule. With a couple of weeks of regular exercise under your belt, you just might find yourself looking forward to your workouts. Hey, it COULD happen!
Convinced? Great! Here’s the link to register: http://www.active.com/yorktown-heights-ny/running/distance-running-races...
About Rhonda Markman: Nutrition and exercise consultant to MHA on the move.
Rhonda is a Westchester, NY based personal trainer and nutritionist, who is passionate about empowering people to make lifestyle changes to stay healthy. For more information, visit http://www.fitnessfoodandyou.com