When it comes to exercise…

When it comes to exercise, people tend to focus on the negatives first, like, “I have to start exercising,” 😫 instead of the positives. Let me assure you there are far more positives than negatives. For instance, once I commit to exercising, I will be able to keep up with my kids, sleep better, feel better and do all the things I want to do in my life with greater ease and less pain!

Try making a list of all the things you think you will have to give up to prioritize exercise; then, list all the ways you think exercise will add positives to your life. For instance, I want to start exercising in the morning before work. Therefore I have to give up 30 minutes of sleep 3 days a week. However, if I start exercising I will gain energy and probably won’t miss that 30 minutes of sleep before I know it.

Additonally, exercise has to be more than just about losing weight. I promise you that if that is your only motivation, you won’t get very far. Yes, losing weight is an excellent byproduct of exercise (sometimes), but there are so many more benefits that you are discounting by only focusing on losing weight. It can’t be your only barometer for progress and success! Not only does exercise do wonders for your physical health, think more energy, and increase strength, but it is hard to beat when it comes to improving your mental health by decreasing stress and elevating your mood.

Lastly, stop worrying about what other people are doing (because some of it is absolutely crazy!) Focus on your goals and what works for you (that’s all that matters in the end). Just because your friends are training for a marathon doesn’t mean you should, too (especially if you don’t enjoy running). Find an activity, class, or instructor that you enjoy that motivates and helps you meet your goals.  

I promise that the benefits of exercise outweigh all the perceived negatives running through your head right now. Now let’s get started!

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