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  • Carol Michaels

Not Motivated to Exercise?

What is the motivation to get back to exercise?

An exercise program will improve your overall health. It can help your heart, bones, and decrease your risk of diabetes. Starting an exercise program can be a challenge. Just think of all the benefits to exercise. It can improve the chance of being there for your children and grandchildren. You will also be a healthy lifestyle role model for your family. It will increase your energy and concentration so that you can perform better at work. Exercise will improve your quality of life. It will enable you to participate in the sports and activities that you enjoy and you will feel better physically and emotionally.

Weight Control

Exercise will help you control your weight. Exercise will help you lose weight and rebuild muscle to increase metabolism Exercise makes you fitter, which improves body image. When you start to see the benefits of exercise it serves as positive reinforcement.

Reduce Stress

Exercise can decrease stress, anxiety, and depression. Regular exercise has a powerful effect on one’s mood by releasing pain-relieving endorphins. Always start slowly and listen to your body eventually increasing the frequency, length, and intensity of your program. Exercise training is emerging as a therapy to the negative psychological side effects associated with cancer. Make sure your exercise program is fun. Exercising with friends builds a social camaraderie. Group exercise classes provide friendship and support and motivate you to stick to a program.

Commitment to Start

Starting an exercise program is difficult, but so rewarding. All types of moderate exercise are beneficial. Think about the activities or sports that you enjoy and do them. Do you like to walk, ride a bicycle, or dance? If so, you can build your exercise program around the activity you find enjoyable. Notice if you start making excuses for not exercising.

We often use excuses to hide our fear of failure. They then become a barrier to achieving our goals. Rely on your inner strength to exceed self-imposed limitations. A fear of believing that you won’t achieve goals can prevent you from trying.

Maintaining your Exercise Program.

Write down all the reasons to start a program: more energy, better mood, improved energy, feel better, etc. Scheduling your exercise in the morning and make that your priority before you start your day is a strategy that works for many of my clients. If you leave it for later in the day something might come up to interfere with your program. A good approach is to have an exercise friend. You will both reinforce each other and you will be accountable to each other

How can you stick with your exercise program? It is a good idea to set goals. Some people derive great satisfaction in setting and then achieving goals. You can record your daily progress. This can be done with charts and graphs charts to record your progress and reward achievements. You will feel good about yourself when you achieve your goals You should keep in mind that just like everyone else, you will have good and bad days so you should be able to adapt. Keep as active as possible, be safe and have fun.

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