DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK
Coming to the decision to exercise regularly is easy.
The evidence is so overwhelming regarding the benefits.
Then why do we resist, procrastinate and deny regarding this very life saving resource? Why do we become allergic to the term "exercise"? Why do we convince ourselves that these benefits can not pertain to us? Why question or refute overwhelming positive evidence? Why do we deny ourselves the pleasure and the healing?
Part of the problem is that we believe the myths and messages our brain feeds us about aging.
- I don't have the time: Make the time. If your health is really your first priority, if you really want to no longer have falls, if you want to feel better, make the time. And all we are talking about is 30 minutes a day. Most of us can spare that.
- Exercise is boring: Make it interesting by paying attention to details, breathing, listening. Dream about what you can achieve and how good it will feel.
- I don't feel good today: This is often true with arthritis. We feel awful and don't want to go to class. Don't listen to that feeling because the class will make you feel better.
- I don't like the teacher: Then find someone you do like. Remember, it is the effect on your body you should use to judge your teacher, not how interesting her classes are.
- I am so far gone that nothing will help me: Many feel that exercise is just not for them. Use your head, not your reactions. In one study, 95 year olds substantially increased muscle strength over 6 weeks. It is never too late to start deriving benefits beyond your dreams!
- I don't want to see what I have become: Before long you will be so proud of what you have accomplished.
- I don't want to: Many of the most important decisions in our lives involve things we don't want to do at the time but must do.
A revolutionary thought: So what if you don't want to!
Here are some common reasons people use to not exercise, applied to other kinds of situations:
- Exercise is for other people: If you car mechanic said that changing the engine oil in your car routinely would extend the life of your car significantly, would you take his advice or would you insist that it didn't really apply to your car?
- I am not at all interested: If your surgeon told you that you would die if you don't have a life altering operation, would you decide it's not relevant in your case?
- I don't like to exercise: Someone is invading your home. The police in your area can help you but you refuse to ask for their help because you don't like them, not that they have ever harmed you, you just don't like them.
Crazy conclusions all, yet we use the same reasoning when we decide what's best for our bodies.
We use logic with our car but not with our body. When we refuse, procrastinate or deny being physically active, we harm ourselves just as surely as if we don't change the engine oil. We are trying to make health decisions with momentous positive effects...but we accept our brain's messages instead of believing in our dedication to helping ourselves. Do not let the resistant messages rule the day.
Ignore the reasons not to exercise and do it anyway.
Expect that you will not want to.
Do it regardless, ESPECIALLY if you do not want to!