She was a hater of exercise, Lori Parch. As a writer, she had every reason to hate it. She was in her early 30s and living in New York at the time. It was a cold harsh winter and she was too busy, she was also tired. “I’ve no idea where to begin,” said she. At her age, and as the editor in chief of a great site and a very busy lady.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone, in fact, most American’s are right beside you in this endeavor. According to Adam Wright, a personal trainer in New York and a student in Sports and Exercise at Temple University, most people don’t want to be sweaty and uncomfortable. They don’t want to hurt. Most of them are over stressed and already hurting enough. Why on earth would they want more of this?
To be honest, approximately 80 percent of the population in the U.S. aren’t meeting the government’s guidelines for at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week.
Many are especially adverse to exercise and working out. In 2013, a study in the American Journal took the time to breed 26 active rats with one another and 26 lazy rats with one another. After just 10 generations they took a comparison on their brains and found 36 genes that play a role in motivation for exercise.
Our genes impact how we approach exercise. If we perceive something as a challenge, it is. If we perceive it as something we don’t want to do, we don’t want to do it. It’s that simple.
Given that response, it’s no wonder so many of us are out of shape. Here are some things that you can do it you’re one of those who aren’t motivated and exercise isn’t your thing.
1. Redefine it
If I say the word exercise, you likely picture the gym and working out. How about looking at it differently? Consider alternatives such as ballet, gardening, yoga, lovemaking and more. It’s not as challenging then, is it? Exercise doesn’t have to be something that you don’t like to do. In fact, studies show that the more you enjoy an activity, the more likely you are to do it. It’s that simple.
Shift your mindset to activities that you enjoy and you’re much more likely to get in some exercise for your health, even if it’s not traditional exercise. In a study conducted by the Surgeon General, a group of hotel maids was told that their jobs were meeting the guidelines for exercise. Within four weeks those maids hadn’t changed a thing about their day. However, they were losing weight and body fat. There were losing their blood pressure. Other maids, who hadn’t been given this information, were not having these benefits, why? Because they weren’t in the right mindset.
Perception is all in the eye of the beholder. How we perceive exercise is all in our minds and sometimes we just have to look at things differently.
In order for Parch to find a form of exercise that she loved, she had to force herself to consider something she appreciated and enjoyed. How? She had to focus on when she was a kid and liked racquetball, swimming, and softball.
If you find something you like, you’re much more likely to enjoy and appreciate it, you’re more likely to do the activity. Once Parch found something she liked, she enjoyed exercise. It didn’t matter what her attitude was, she was getting in the exercise and enjoying life once again.
Still feeling challenged? Still having a bad attitude about exercise? Find a positive memory of something you enjoyed as a child and you’re sure to find a great way to exercise and enjoy life. It’s fun and easy and you’ll appreciate that you took the time to do something for yourself. It is amazing how changing your mindset can make such a huge difference in life, but it does and it’s a great way to go about liking exercise and being motivated to do it. Just try it, you’ll feel better.