As you are already aware, motivation to lose weight is just one component of a successful campaign to lose weight.
It’s one of ‘The 4 Pillars Of Weight Loss.’
The other three components are equally important and all fall under the banner of Mindset and are discussed further in my book.
But today I want to talk about exercise because I know there are some people who are still struggling to get their groove on where this is concerned.
For me exercise is about so much more than just losing weight. I now crave exercise, like I used to crave a jelly donut. And here’s why …
Exercise, Endorphins & Morphine
I have a ‘set’ time to exercise so that I don’t actually have to ‘think’ about doing it. Like the commercial says, I “Just Do It!” There’s no to’ing and fro’ing in my mind. I know that as soon as 5:00pm rolls around it’s time to stop typing and get moving!
I feel SO GOOD when I exercise.
And this is what I really want you to get from this post today.
If you’re currently in a state where you feel depressed and simply don’t want to move, I urge you to get yourself to a place where you “Just Do It!” Don’t think about it, or rationalize it. I want you to just go through the motions, one day at a time.
And it’s OK if you don’t enjoy it in the beginning. Believe me when I say this, you’re not alone.
But when it becomes part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth it starts to become more enjoyable and you’ll find yourself looking forward to it.
The real bonus of exercise that not a lot of people focus on is the ‘high’ you get from it.
The Runner’s High
Have you ever heard people talk about ‘runners high?’ It’s real, I can vouch for it. It’s the euphoric state you get into when you’ve pushed yourself to a point where your body releases endorphins which trigger pleasurable feelings. Much the same as a shot of morphine.
You FEEL good when you exercise. You start to have a more positive outlook on life. To me weight loss is secondary. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not.
For me, getting that ‘high,’ that ‘rush,’ … that’s why I love to exercise. You can’t beat it.
And this is why I encourage you to find an exercise you love to do. Don’t worry about how many calories you’re burning … none of that matters. Because if we can get you to a place where YOU FEEL GOOD about yourself, you’re going to want to eat right and you’re going to want to look after yourself better.
And again we come back to mindset.
This entire journey is about adopting a mindset that is all about getting YOU to LOVE YOU! When you truly love yourself, you want to do good things for yourself.
So if you’re still seeing exercise as a chore that ‘has to be done,’ I think you need to get another exercise. If you’re not going to enjoy it, you’re not going to do it. And if you’re not going to do it, you’re not going to get any of the results you’re looking for. Remember, losing weight is just a side benefit of exercising.
Exercises to get your groove on
So when choosing your exercise, make it something that you LOVE to do … go for a bike ride, hit the dance floor, get out in the garden, hit the yard, tootle on around the golf course, get some vigorous house work done, grab a friend and hit some balls on the tennis court, go for a swim or simply take a walk … your options are endless. Make it something you’re going to look forward to doing.
And I need you to really ‘get this.’ Whilst you’re occupied doing a physical activity, you’re releasing endorphins, you’re feeling good about yourself and you are not thinking about food. That’s where we want to get you to.
Not only that, you’re reducing your stress levels, keeping depression at bay, boosting your self-esteem and you’re going to be sleeping better.
Not a bad payoff is it??
When you find an exercise that you look forward to doing, it makes keeping your motivation to lose weight so much easier. And as long as your motivation to lose weight is rock solid, you my friend are golden!
P.S. I hope you enjoyed this post … please click ‘like’ if you did and share it with your friends. Who knows, maybe one of them wants to work out with you : )
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