Do you find it hard to exercise? How about stop thinking of it as exercise and think about ways to be more active? What liberties in your life will be available to you if you are more active? I often point out to clients that are out of shape that if they had the opportunity to climb Mount Rainier next week, they could not do it. But, if they are and a healthy body weight and if they are firming, shaping, toning and strengthening their body and increase their cardio health, they could. They may not want to, but then they have the choice. Its sad that most people don’t have the choice. To me, being physically active is all about having more choices and more freedoms in life.

Why Is It So Hard to Exercise?

Get fit! Here are 5 steps to get you motivated to move.

WebMD Feature, January 20, 2012: You know you should do it. And you know why: Exercising — simply put, moving instead of sitting — is critical for safeguarding your health and setting a good example for your kids. So why does it seem so hard to get yourself moving?

The truth is: You can. But knowing how and why to exercise isn’t enough. You need to develop the right mind-set to get and stay motivated.

Change is hard! When we try to start exercising, we think of all the excuses for not doing it and all the things that have gotten in the way before. Getting fit starts to seem overwhelming. And that makes it feel stressful. Before long, we don’t want to do it anymore.

Here are five steps to get you moving in the right direction — and keep you going.

  1. Find Personal Motivation to Exercise: What you need to get you up off the couch is a reason that’s important to you.
  2. Set Realistic Goals to Get Fit: CDC guidelines call for adults to do 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week. That’s a 30-minute walk five days a week. If you kick it up a notch — jogging or running, for example – it can be 15 minutes a day, five days a week.
  3. Stop Thinking of It as Exercise — Do Something You Enjoy: You don’t have to go to the gym to get a good workout. It’s all about moving more — however you do it.
  4. Plan How to Fit Exercise Into a Hectic Schedule: For busy parents, a major obstacle to getting fit is lack of time. If you wait for time to open up, chances are you won’t be able to squeeze in a walk or a dance class very often.
  5. Bounce Back From Setbacks: You’ve set a reasonable fitness goal. You’ve prepared for potential problems. Yet somehow you still didn’t make it to the gym today as you had planned. Don’t let that be your downfall.

Knowing how to exercise isn’t just a matter of learning how to use your body to hold a yoga pose or swing a racquet. It also involves learning how to use your mind to propel yourself into action and stick with a fitness routine.
Start thinking of yourself as someone who exercises. Eventually, that will become your identity.

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Self-hypnosis can also get out out of  bed or off the couch so that you can increase your activity level. I compare going to the gym like painting walls. I don’t really like painting walls – but I sure like the results! As much as I enjoy seeing my group of friends at the gym in the morning, I don’t really like going to the gym. I sure do love the fact that I can go out right now and get on my bike and go for a 100 mile bike ride. I love that freedom! What are the Mount Rainiers in your life that you’d like to be able to do, but can’t because your aren’t in shape? What if you were? What would you do?

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