I’m fortunate because I am one of those people who enjoys exercise. To me, it isn’t a bad word but a lifestyle. I look forward to working out and incorporate it into my daily life. It is as common and normal as eating food. As a fitness professional and personal trainer, I am very aware how many others view exercise as a negative. Some have had bad experiences, and others consider it just painful work that they would rather avoid. For many, just the word makes them break out in a sweat! Unfortunately, this sweat doesn’t count toward caloric burn.
If you find yourself in the camp of hating exercise, perhaps the time has come to eliminate the word exercise from your vocabulary. No, I’m not suggesting you give up on getting healthy. This is not a license to sit on your couch and veg. What if you decided to call exercise something else?
Self care is a huge movement right now. We are finally giving ourselves permission to take care of ourselves without feeling guilty! We are learning that if we don’t take care of ourselves, no one else will. Our health is our responsibility. So why not call it “getting healthy time” or “MY time?” If you are involving your family, you can consider it family activity time. If you include your pet, call it fun time. Even saying you are blocking out time for self care might be better for you. The point is to use language that motivates you instead of discouraging you. Give it a try. You only have some weight to lose and a positive outlook on life to gain!
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