How do you feel about exercise?
How you perceive exercise influences your results….
So, having not been to the gym or done my workout for a week, today’s exercise session was a little tough!
I remember years ago seeing exercise as some sort of punishment and why would anyone want to do it?!
This was particularly the case when we did P.E (Physical Education) at school, where the teachers would take us outdoors, in the winter (brrh….arrrh!), dressed only in t-shirts, shorts, socks and trainers, to “play” hockey, netball, rounders or to run cross country across a muddy field – yuk! I definitely didn’t see it as “play” or “education”, but rather as punishment!
I struggled to move my body and keep up with my class mates, and not get told off by our strict teacher!
Exercising felt hard. It felt uncomfortable in my body.
Fast forward 20 plus years and I LOVE exercise! I’m still not keen on running that much, but love HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Circuits, Swimming, Weights, Strength Workouts, Cycling, as well as some other exercise activities.
So what changed?
Well, in my early 20s I was invited to try out a Martial Arts class. I was a bit sceptical, but only went along because my friend was part of the group.
I couldn’t do one press up or perform any of the exercises the other members were doing. I was surprised at how weak I felt in my body, but most of all the session was FUN!!
The Instructors were ENCOURAGING, they EXPLAINED to me why my body was in its current state and how to make it stronger; the members in the class SHARED their stories with me about how the sessions had not only changed their bodies, but also improved their MINDSET and INCREASED their CONFIDENCE. I no longer felt that I was ODD, but that I had the potential within me to have the body I desired if I wanted to.
From that one class I went on to achieve my gradings through to black belt and then progressing to become an Instructor, and teaching my own classes. It was FUN and this was what fuelled my passion to continue in the Health Fitness Industry as a Trainer, Therapist and Coach.
So what changed from me seeing exercise as punishment to now seeing it as pleasure was that:
I gained an understanding of what exercise was truly about and why I was doing it.
I was blessed to have teachers and instructors who were passionate about what they did, and spent time to explain to me about my body and how to gain the results I desired.
I made up my mind to make exercise FUN and do the activities that my body loved doing.
Seeing the positive results in my body (and others seeing them too), increased my confidence to keep exercising.
So, if you see exercise as “punishment” and not “pleasure”, you can turn this around.
It might be a matter of having a teacher/Instructor to suit you and what you want to achieve.
It might be having the courage to try a new exercise you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t the confidence – try it out with a friend and see how you feel. Even if you do the new exercise for 10 minutes, it’s better than nothing. Start small and see what happens.
It might be for you to try a variety of exercise, in different environments (i.e., water, land, outdoors, indoors), and reviewing what suits you.
What will you choose today?
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