If you hate exercise, according to online Pt’s, you need to build a positive mindset !
Having chatted to a few (too many ) people, here are some strategies you will be sold to help you develop a positive exercise mindset:
1. Set realistic goals: Start with small, achievable goals that align with your fitness level and interests. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts as you progress.
2. Find enjoyable activities: Explore different types of exercises to find activities that you genuinely enjoy. It could be dancing, hiking, swimming, or any other physical activity that brings you pleasure.
3. Focus on the benefits: Remind yourself of the numerous benefits exercise offers, such as improved mood, increased energy levels, better sleep, and overall health. Concentrating on these positive outcomes can help motivate you.
4. Create a routine: Establish a consistent exercise routine that fits into your schedule. Consistency is key to developing a positive mindset and making exercise a habit.
5. Find a workout buddy or support system: Exercising with a friend or joining a fitness community can provide accountability, motivation, and make the experience more enjoyable.
6. Celebrate small victories: Acknowledge and celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Recognizing your achievements can boost your confidence and reinforce a positive mindset.
7. Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and avoid self-criticism. Understand that everyone has different fitness levels and progress at their own pace. Focus on your own journey rather than comparing yourself to others.
Remember, building a positive mindset takes time and effort. By incorporating these strategies into your routine, you can gradually develop a more positive attitude towards exercise.
The problem with these totally worthy, helpful, handy hints, is they don’t really take into account the core of your objection.
You don’t like exercise.
So, if you don’t like exercise, why would you even embark on any of these things?
There is a massive and diverse list of things I don’t like. They have one thing in common. I don’t do them. Nor do I spend any time thinking about doing them.
To give a concrete example, I don’t want to eat poo. Guess how much time I spend creating a poo-eating routine.
Go on, I dare you. I double dare you
Gosh. You are psychic. Zero!
I also don’t: set any sort of poo-eating goals, nor do I celebrate any poo-eating I may accidentally do, nor do I “forgive myself” for not liking poo-eating.
I do however have a big list of stuff that I know I should do and will have to do, but don’t really like or relish. My tax return is a good example.
So, to begin to build a positive mindset, to do the thing you don’t really want to, you need to know or believe that there is a compulsion to the activity. You must exercise “or else”
If you are struggling with the idea of exercise, your very 1st step is, not to make schedules, or think happy thoughts, it is to put exercise (or activity) on your agenda and accept it as something you ought to do, “or else”.
Without this stage, everything else you will do will probably fail!