Monday, April 26, 2010

Snap Out Of It!

In the classic scene from Moonstruck, Cher hauls off and slaps Nicholas Cage and yells at him to, "Snap out of it!"

Do you need to "snap out of it" in regards to compulsive excuse making when it comes to working out?

Over the years lots of people have told me they hate exercising or they don't like to sweat or something similar. I'm almost to the point where I want to say, "Get over it!"

Sorry if that sounds unsympathetic but there are plenty of things I don't like doing but I still do. Regular physical activity is the rent you pay for a healthy body. It's especially troubling when people with health issues, who know they should be exercising, spend their days making excuses for why they "can't"/"shouldn't" work out.

It's a cop-out that so many people assume that regular exercisers love to work out. Some do but I don't think that's true for the vast majority of people. They simply accept the importance of exercise to their physical, mental, and emotional health and they just do it.

If you are someone who hates to exercise, here's a tip. Stop dwelling on how much you dislike it and start focusing on how much good it does for you. Don't allow yourself to spend all day coming up with reasons why you should skip your workout and start thinking about how good you feel after you're done or how proud you'll be for going.

In the immortal words of Jiminy Cricket...

"You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between"

It's no big revelation that what you focus on grows. If you're constantly programming yourself with an "I hate exercise and I don't want to do it" message, you are simply making it harder to get yourself into a regular workout routine.

Listen to Cher...

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