“I eat intensely enough to consider it exercise.”
When I am in a hurry, this is probably an accurate statement…as well as if it has been awhile since I last chowed down on a solid meal. Both fists are usually filled with food, and there is no guarantee that it is the best food choice. INTENSE and not a pretty sight.
What is exercise though? Would this count? I mean, I may break a sweat.
Unfortunately, no. Exercise needs to be structured and planned. I will be the first to admit that this is not easy. Some people feel better (improved mood, energy, etc) after exercising. Then, there’s the rest of us who just feel like a sweaty dog.
Confidence and motivation are key in regular exercise. Next time you find yourself lounging instead of lunging, ask yourself “WHY”. There’s no need to be ashamed or to feel guilty, but rather, see this as an opportunity to change.
What are some unhelpful thoughts you’ve been able to identify that keep you from exercising?
If it is not already obvious, I am not a fan of sweating. For me, I need to find a time to exercise so that I have plenty of time to cool-off and shower. I enjoy exercising outside, and in the smoking hot summer, the mornings work best with cooler (ish!) temperatures. Instead of committing to waking up early every day, I find it more manageable to wake up early a few times a week.
It is very easy to think, “I already missed one day, I will hold off to start again until next week.” Challenge those unhelpful thoughts! Instead of eating intensely, boost your exercise intensity.
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