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!
Did you know that one in three of us has a fear falling? One in five are a germ phobia, and one in two of us are scared to death of snakes. Although FEAR has been said to represent “false evidence appearing real,” those things that frighten us are very real to us. These, and other fears, are what prevent us from moving forward. They entrap us and create barriers to achieving our goals.
This time of year is the perfect time to reflect on what stopped you from getting what you wanted this year in order to do things differently next year, unless of course you want a repeat. Do the same things in 2015, and you will get the same results. What fears halted your progress?
What is interesting about many fears is that the thought of the fear is often worse than the actual thing itself. This is at the root of procrastination. People put off going to the dentist because they associate more pain with going than with the issue they are dealing with. . .until their abscess tooth gets infected! If we deal with things early on, we can actually prevent more pain in the future. Fear has a way of consuming us.
I encourage you to write a list of ten things you procrastinated on this year. Then get brutally honest with yourself and ask why. Were you afraid of failure? Did you fear being embarrassed? Or, were you feeling ill equipped and nervous to attempt it? Look your fear square in the eye. Whatever the reason, write it next to the procrastination item. Now, strategize on how you will overcome this in the next three months. I want you to create a way to get these items off your list so you can start 2015 with victories under your belt.
When you have that great sense of accomplishment, you will be more likely to repeat the behavior. Need help? Coaches are available to ask the right questions to assist you in devising your strategize. If your fear is completely paralyzing, seek professional help through counseling and therapists. Do whatever you need to do to face your fears and move forward!
With the holidays quickly approaching, stress is often on the rise. For many, this means stress-eating. Learn how to handle stress is a healthier manner with my very informative booklet, A Stress Eater’s Guide to Getting Healthy. Once and for all put food in its place and start living life!