The question I would like to discuss with you today is “How do I start exercising more?” I believe everyone knows how important exercise is for our health. Social media and news platforms are all about it. And I do believe that people want to start exercising, if it’s not that hard to start. Everything, not just exercising, needs extra effort to start at the beginning. But exercise is specifically harder to some people, simply because it deals with your body physically, stretches it and sends it out of its comfort zone. Although researchers have found that exercise can make you happy, due to the presence of “athlete’s high” that you get after a release of endorphin post-exercising, it all comes with a price. Now, even after we have encouraged ourselves to start exercising, another challenge comes up. How do we maintain the drive and keep on doing it regularly? Because when we are already doing well in boosting our will to start exercising, yet haven’t mastered the persistence part of it, often we end up doing it just for the sake of doing it. Once a week, once every two weeks, once a month, or just every time we feel like it. So for me, to start exercising more and reap its benefits, we need to know two things. How to start, and how to maintain.
Let’s start with the first challenge. How do I build that drive to start exercising? Well, first, you need to have a clear objective. Why do you want to start exercising in the first place? No objectives are better than the other – you can say that you want to lose weight, get in shape, improve your respiration, boost energy, anything. But find one. Most of the time, we want to do something just because someone told us that it is the right thing to do. Or even worse, social media told us to. But if it’s not something that you don’t see as an issue, then it would be hard for you to build that drive. For example, if people told you that you need to lose weight and start exercising, it will be super hard for you to start if you don’t feel that you actually need to lose weight – even when the society thinks you do. So make sure it is completely aligned with your objective. And then, after you have determined the reason behind it, you can start listing out the possible roadblocks that you might face. What are the things that usually keep us from doing it? These roadblocks are unique to each objective – the roadblocks you will face when trying to lose weight are different when you’re trying to get in shape. Anticipate the setbacks, so you can also anticipate what needs to be done to tackle the roadblocks. It doesn’t matter if you lose once in a while, but at least the frequency of losing will be less if you have already anticipated it beforehand.
And finally, after you have put your foot on the pedal, then it is now the matter of giving a consistent effort and maintaining the speed. From my own experience, what makes it so hard to be consistently excited with exercising, is imagining how exhausting and uncomfortable it will be every time I am thinking about exercising. It is like a torture. And not to mention the duration of the torture. In this case, there is no easier way to tackle this other than shifting our mindset. Forget about the torture altogether. Trick your brain into thinking that you won’t actually torture yourself – that you will take the light and comfortable weight, do a few reps and a few sets, and perhaps wrap it up once you feel just a tiny bit exhausted. That way, it will be easier for you to get excited about exercising. But, once you already have that dumbell in your hand, pivot your mindset back drastically and make sure you torture yourself well. Because once that dumbell is already in your hand, then there is no turning back, and you simply have to do it. However, easier said than done. I know for a fact that mastering the art of pivoting mindset is not an easy thing to do. It comes with a practice. At the minimum, by trying to follow this method, you will be pushing yourself to keep up with the frequency of exercising, by at least getting that weight in your hands.
So, are you ready to exercise more and achieve your fitness goal? I would love to hear what you think! Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, connect with me through my website in LifeForExperts.com, my Twitter in @lifeforexperts, or my Instagram in @lifeforexpert without the letter “s” at the end.
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