An important part of a healthy lifestyle is exercise. Does the word exercise conjure up images of a stinky gym, or agonizing muscle pain, or pure exhaustion? Do you repeatedly hear the words, “No pain no gain” in your mind?
If your answer is “Yes”, then you have been conditioned to dislike exercise.
When ever there is a problem, there always exists a solution. You may not realize what the solution is but you sure as heck can ask the Universe for some suggestions.
So I am the Universe’s messenger today.
Here’s what you can do to change all of this:
1. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle.
2. On the left side of the paper write down the exercises or forms of movement that you don’t like.
3. On the right side of the paper write down the reasons you don’t like that particular exercise
4. What are the common themes to these exercises?
If you found a common theme of sweating for example, ask yourself “what exercise can I do where I wouldn’t sweat”? Perhaps swimming would be more enjoyable.
Another example, if you found a common theme where you have listed hard core exercises, then look at the opposite types of exercise that are more gentle, perhaps yoga or pillates.
By looking at what you don’t like, will help you to clarify those forms of exercise which you do like.
5. Another question to ask yourself – “do you like group activities”? If so, perhaps a dance class would be better suited to meet your individual needs.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. I have found that by taking a closer look at the forms of exercise we don’t like, and asking ourselves when we started to dislike that activity and what was going on in our lives, it leads us to discover areas of pain. These pain points then become our next areas of focus, and our goal is to work to clear those pain points. One of my clients, for example, realized that she didn’t want to exercise because her parents pushed her too hard to exercise, all sorts of beliefs appeared and she created resistance to any form of exercise. When we cleared that ‘pain point from that specific event’ from her energy centers, she was able to get very clear on the types of movement that felt right for her body, and her choices were yoga and dance.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a four letter word. But like anything else, it’s best to tune in, ask some powerful questions, clear when needed, and then create your strategic action plan complete with forms of movement that you truly enjoy doing.
So, let’s get moving!