The five main reasons I exercise
I used to hate exercise and actually, there’s part of me that still does. I used to get out of PE when I could and at university, the nearest I got to training was going on the rowing club’s pub crawl in fresher’s week.
So how did someone that used to hate exercise so much become self-motivated enough to a) change that and b) make a career out of it? Three words actually… A different mindset.
Here are the 5 main reasons I exercise and what makes me get my trainers on:
- I feel better after exercise. So instead of putting my focus on how difficult it might be or how I’d prefer to do something else. I put all my energy on how great I’ll feel when it’s done. I feel alive after I’ve trained, my head is clearer, my thoughts calmer and those endorphins I get from it last most of the day
- It will make me live longer. I want to live on this planet as long as possible and if you don’t exercise, you’ll be compromising that. When I can’t be bothered to train, I just check in with my mind and create a little visual picture of me when I’m 90, sitting on a bench by the sea, happy, healthy, albeit much older – looking back on a fun-filled life. I also then create another image of me sick and ill, not being able to enjoy my boys and their children. These two images combined make it effortless to get up and get out!
- It keeps me sane. I value the ME time aspect of exercise so much and in fact this is the probably the biggest motivating factor for me. Being a single parent brings such a lot of challenges, as does running two businesses. But if I couldn’t escape for an hour a day I think I would have gone mad by now. Kids and work take it out of you and the exercise replenishes me and helps me put things in perspective. My 6 year old son Monty thinks PE everyday should be made law. He has a point. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if everyone had to do an hour’s exercise or activity every day? Crime would go down, depression rates would fall, people would become slimmer, they would eat better, what a fantastic thought.
- I like eating, full stop! I am very healthy day to day, eating lots of raw food and home cooked meals, but I love to eat out and enjoy nice wine and part of the reason I can indulge in chunky chips, decent hamburgers, fish pies and a nice bottle of Chablis on a Friday night is because I balance it out with regular and consistent exercise. I follow a really simple training plan, I have the right body fat, a good metabolism and my body functions well. Why people would choose for this not to happen is beyond me!
- I like the way it makes me look. Notice this is last on my list of reasons! This is because using the way your body will look I think is one of the weakest motivations of all with women, yet it’s where they put most of their thoughts. Having a smaller bum is not powerful enough. Women say they want it but actually I think this it’s a habitual thought pattern so many have got caught up in. Striving for a perfect body is also total nonsense and when I dropped this and focused on getting my best body, not someone else’s, my motivation went up ten fold as there was less pressure. Yes I like to look good and of course that is part of my motivation to exercise, but combine it with other things to make motivational more magical and….. easy!
I guess ultimately I made a decision about who I wanted to be. I wanted to be someone who felt great, looked good, could eat what she wanted and lived a long and happy life. Then I created a series of actions and daily habits that someone that I wanted to be would need to do. If you want to be slim, act and think like a slim person. If you want to run a successful business, act and think like a successful business owner. If you want more calm in your life, start behaving like a calm person would. To create success in whatever area of life, get into the success zone too! Put all your energy in where you’re going not where you’ve come from. Getting into a daily exercise routine may seem weird at first but so did brushing your teeth or learning to drive a car when you first did it. The more you do something the more it seems ‘normal’ or part of your life. Swap bad habits from new habits and do it today!
If you want some encouragement to kick off a new exercise habit, joining me on the Sugar HIIT or Best Body bootcamp would be a really great idea. You’ll have me every step of the way, no-one need know you’re doing it (you can create a fake name on the forum if you want and do the exercise whenever you like), plus you’ll be alongside a group of women who are all in the same boat.
Our online bootcamps run all year round and up and coming dates include, Monday 6th June, Monday 4th July and Monday 12th September. For more info and to book your place visit HERE.
Hope this blog finds you happy and healthy!
Finally, you will never ever regret taking up exercise, this I can 100% guarantee!