Suffering Exercise Guilt?

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Strangely, it’s not forgetting to exercise that’s the problem nor is it not having the time to exercise that’s a problem either, or is it being not motivated to, it’s feeling guilty about it.

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Feeling guilty about not exercising is far worse than not exercising at all. You can be someone who’s a little curvy, busy with the kids, holding down a full or part time job, running the house and not even step on a treadmill and still be happy and healthy.
But as soon as you start to beat yourself up for not Finding 30 or not breaking into a sweat at the gym, it’s then like little guilt molecules release themselves and get trapped in your muscle fibres making it even harder to have the motivation to do anything remotely considered exercise.
So to stay motivated and reduce some of the toxic guilt, here are a couple of suggestions:
  • Swap the word exercise for healthy. Exercise has such heavy connotations, even I feel tired just writing the word! So instead of saying “I should exercise”, just say “I’m going to be healthy”
  • All you need to do is keep moving and I guess you’re already doing that. Just doing regular house work, walking the dog or playing with the kids in the yard is enough to keep the blood flowing and lymphatic system going.
  • Eat light, eat healthy, eat real food (less processed the better)
  • Lighten up. Be gentle on yourself. You can only do so much in a day, let alone fit in a 5.30am session at the gym everyday! Know your weakness and strengths and use them to your advantage.
  • Ignore the inner voice that says “I should be doing this or that”, “you’re a bad person for not getting fit” or “You’re going to die if you don’t exercise” – just watch the thoughts and let them go, in fact don’t believe them at all.
  • Once you get a clear head, you’ll free up your imagination to receive some ideas on different ways of living a healthier life.
I’ve heard of lots of people, who are so fixated on getting fit, they miss out on enjoying life. There can be a happy medium, where you can be happy and healthy at the same time without the guilt and the obsession. Take your child’s hand, smile at the sun and go for a walk.

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