Every now and then, it’s important to examine your priorities when it comes to your health. Is your health one of your top priorities? If not, this could keep you from starting and sticking with exercise. Until you place a high value on health and the many benefits of a physically active lifestyle, your efforts will probably fall short.
People make time for things that are important to them. Be honest. Where do health and a physically active lifestyle fit into your value system? If exercise feels like one more thing on the to-do list, it is time to reframe your thinking. By thinking of exercise as a “get to do” instead of a “have to do,” the inner voice is messaging a positive experience. If you find yourself saying “I have to exercise” and it seems like drudgery, imagine if you start telling yourself “I get to exercise.” The inner voice is powerful. What is yours saying?
Plan ahead by marking your workout time on your calendar. Find some time at lunch or plan to get up 30 minutes earlier a few days a week. Treat exercise like any other appointment. Rate the importance of last-minute schedule changes. If you wouldn’t miss work or break plans with a friend, then you shouldn’t change your plans to work out.
Exercise can help improve physical function, mental health and can help reduce chronic disease risk for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Immediate results from exercise include positive mental outlook. Even short bouts of activity can reduce stress and improve mood through the release of endorphins in the brain. Compare how you feel mentally before and after physical activity. When you connect exercise with these positive feelings you start to realize a more immediate benefit.