Have you seen my post on Healthy Living Blogs yet? A lot of you seemed to like my post on What to Do About People Who Just Don’t “Get It”, so I’m excited to reach people on other blogs with the same message! If you’ve discovered my blog through that post, welcome!!
Last night I was reading Caitlin’s post about Simon Wheatcroft, a blind runner with an amazing story. It got me thinking about how we view exercising.
Do you think of it as a gift or a burden?
I’ve always been an active person. I’ve done horseback riding, ice skating, cheerleading, gymnastics and volleyball. I guess you could count soccer too, but I just picked flowers on the field the whole game. I just wasn’t meant to be a professional soccer player. Oh well. I loved being active, but sometimes I just don’t want to work out. And then I realized…it’s all in the mind.
I have two mindsets when it comes to exercise: I’m doing it because I love it and I’m doing it because I have to.
It’s so much easier to get out of your warm bed at 6am to workout if you love it than it is if it’s a chore.
So how do we stop thinking of exercise as a chore?
1. Change your definition of exercise
Sometimes we get too caught up in what we think we’re supposed to do. I used to think of exercise as running, treadmills and lifting weights. Eventually, I learned there’s so much more we can do to exercise and stay healthy. Do yoga, take a walk, go for a bike ride, hike a new trail, stretch, go swimming, kayaking, anything! Just move. Exercise doesn’t have to revolve around what works for others.
2. Make it fun
We all live busy lives. Take an hour to walk with a friend and catch up on each other’s lives. With all that talking, you won’t even notice how far you’ve gone. Do something new! Switch off with a friend choosing what you will do. One week kayaking, one week hiking, etc. This helps broden your horizons. Who knows, you might discover a new hobby! And please, do something you enjoy. There’s no point in doing something you hate, that would be a chore!
3. Pump up that music
Make an awesome workout playlist on your ipod. Find songs that make you want to get up and jump around!
4. Workout in a new location
You would be surprised how much a change of location can change your mood! Love yoga? Step out of the studio and practice at the park. Love to hike? Find a new trail. Love volleyball or soccer? Try playing at the beach! A new location can completely change your mood and feelings toward activities.
Reading Caitlin’s interview really opened my eyes into how I view my workouts. From this day forward I will treat my ability to exercise as a blessing rather than a chore. I hope you all will read the interview and evaluate how you view your workouts. Enjoy exercising by finding what works for you!
How can you change your attitude towards exercise?
How did you find what works for you? What is it?