How to learn to love exercise…

Hey friends!

This post is a shout-out to all the couch potatoes. To all the would be runners (if it wasn’t cold or rainy and you had a sliver of motivation.) I know some of you would rather grow a mustache than go to a 7 am boot-camp class. But I’m gonna tell you 4 easy steps that will help you fall in love with exercise. Lace up your Reeboks…It’s time to break a sweat.

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  1. Stop calling it exercise.

For some people, just the word exercise is enough to send shudders down their spine. It creates this picture of strict routines, rigorous regimes and general unpleasantness. To me, the word exercise takes me back to high school, running laps or getting slammed with a dodge ball. So stop thinking of it as exercise…and instead think of it as simply moving your body in a way that feels good. No restrictions. No rules. Just you, shaking what your mamma gave you.

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2. Change your mind-set.

When you start exercising with a negative attitude not only does it make for an unpleasant experience, it also makes the whole thing feel like it lasts for an eternity. Exercise is something that is supposed to make you look and feel amazing. Drop the negativity at the door…and whack on a smile, you’re about to have some fun.

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3. Find your flow.

Where a lot of people go wrong is that they think of exercise as being simply running on a treadmill, or slugging weights like those ridiculously buff guys, but it’s so much more. There are so many ways to move your body, there is bound to be one that works for you. How about dancing, yoga, cycling or gymnastics? Stop forcing yourself to run endless, boring miles on the treadmill…how about you leap, pirouette or belly-flop into something new and exciting?

4. Challenge yourself.

Even if you are as un-competitive as a slug (eg. Me) you still need to challenge yourself. When you have a goal in sight, it gives you motivation to keep waking up earlier, pushing yourself harder and doing your thang. Stop striving for massive, unattainable or unrealistic goals…instead set yourself small, achievable goals. (eg. To touch your toes, to run 3km without stopping, or to give one maximum sprint in Spin class.)

Lastly, if I could give you one piece of advice, it would be to stop exercising for aesthetics. For some people striving for 6-pack abs may be totally attainable and may spur them on. However, for most of us, this superficial goal leaves us feeling disappointed, unsatisfied and inadequate. Exercise is about fun, fitness and making friends (I do sincerely apologise for the alliteration.) When you focus on that instead of getting the ‘body of your dreams,’ you’ll find yourself falling in love with exercise.

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So get up, go out and start moving!

M x

P.S. Thanks to everyone who participated in my survey. It’s so awesome to get feedback so that I can bring you move of the stuff you like. If you didn’t get a chance, you can still complete it here. 

P.P.S What’s your favourite way to move your body? If you do try something new, please let me know how it goes!

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