I had a follow up session this week with a client who has recently completed the Activate Your Mind program. We were discussing her new exercise regime, which has occurred as a result of one of the change behaviour techniques we did – The Switch – changing an unwanted behaviour/habit for a wanted behaviour/habit. As a result of The Switch she has exercised 6 out of the last 7 mornings. A great start to a healthier version of her former self. The comment was made however, (which lead me to the topic of this post.) “I am doing the exercise but I don’t love it”
I said “Not loving the exercise is OK as long as you continue to do it.”
I thought about this a little later (while power walking the dog!!) and decided I actually don’t really love exercise either – if I am being brutally honest with myself and all who dare to read my musings! Yes, there are sports that I love, skiing, tennis, netball, water skiing, but they are all sports, which due to life’s curve balls I no longer do. And yes I do exercise most days, but on a scale of 1 being – just can not stand it – and 10 being – love it madly – I probably would rate my feelings towards exercise as a 6.5 − 7!
The daily exercise regime I follow, whether it is the dog walking me; a session at the gym or even dare I say it yoga, is just part my life’s schedule. Some days I do it with gusto and others each step is heavier than the last. Yesterday’s hot yoga is a perfect example. For the life of me, I just could not find that flexible spring in my step! While the girl next to me went from a standing position to upside down splits in one swift move, my body struggled, wanting to stay safely in the standing position, pretending to hooooommmmm, hoping no one would notice. I realised that any attempt at a split would result in 1) me not being able to get out of that damn split and 2) possible permanent damage!! I did not do the split!!!
On some days, for many reasons, I may not find the time to exercise. I do not beat myself up about it however nor do I get the guilt’s. I know the next day I will find a little extra time or perhaps work a little harder. It all works it self out.
This is a bit of a revelation to self – I exercise, not because I love it, I do it because I know that if I want to continue to be fit and healthy, exercise is a “non negotiable.” I cannot have one – be fit and healthy – without the other – exercise.
Do you feel the same?
Be Healthy & Happy!