One of the biggie stopping points for most of us is simply the non-desire to exercise. All the effort that will go into reorganizing our lives just to get to a gym, or put aside the time to cook and eat healthily.
It’s not that we don’t want to be healthy, its just that the desire to RELAX after work is greater than the one to drop a few pounds and get fit. What if you could change that? Does part of your procrastination language include phrases like “maybe tomorrow, I’ll go when I feel more awake.”?
Perhaps it is more of a self-conscious thing. Maybe you feel like you are too overweight to be seen in public at a gym? Or you have an illness or disability that draws unwanted attention from bystanders. Often people will put off joining a gym until they have lost weight or some other hurdle they put in front of themselves. Resulting in never going.
How to Overcome Emotional Hurdles to Fitness and Weight Loss
The first thing to do is to shift focus. Rather than concentrating on what you don’t’ want, try looking at what you do want. Then make a list of what you can do as opposed to what you can’t do. Unfortunately in this cookie-cutter world many programs are made for people who are already active. This leaves the rest in the dark. People will big bellies can’t lie on the floor and do a sit-up. But there are other things you CAN do.
Pick something you will be successful at. If you can’t run, can you walk? Make your goals in increments so you will succeed everyday. As you progress you will begin knocking off bigger and bigger goals.
They Aren’t Looking at You
The mirrors at the gym are there to assist the person working out to watch their form. Of course people like to oogle themselves while they pump up. If you are overweight you may not like the idea of looking in the mirror. You might also think people are looking at you. Perhaps. Most likely the others are just looking at themselves though. The ones who might be looking at you are recognizing the difficult first steps you are taking. Anyone being rude about it is just an ass!
If you aren’t ready to be in front of a mirror that’s ok. The exercise machines are often set away from the mirrors. Some gyms also have a segregated area for women only. Other gyms have equipment specific for obese persons.
Why it’s Better to Join a Gym
History is the best predictor of the future. We also have the power to shape and make our futures. Have you ever joined a gym in the past? Did you hire a trainer? Why did you quit?
You SHOULD always hire a trainer. If the trainer is a goof – fire them and hire another. If you aren’t ready to emotionally put yourself out there into the public eye of a gym then have someone come to your home and set up your own private exercise space and show you how to properly and effectively exercise.
When you Can’t Afford a Trainer
There are plenty of online programs, DVD’s, books, and TV fitness programs to choose from. The only issue here is self-motivation. Maybe you and a friend can book times together and hold one another accountable. If you fear injury then start out with simple exercises for the chair or low impact like walking or rebound exercises.
Sneaky Ways to Exercise
Did you know you could burn 500 or so calories at work? Even if you are chained to a desk? Learning different ways to sneak in exercise in your workplace can help you to get motivated to exercise before or after work too.
How to Make Exercise FUN Again
When we were kids there was no thought put into chasing one another around. It was just a fun thing to do. We had games like “Red Rover” and “Hide and Go Seek” plus “Tag” or even more organized games like ball games or running races.
Maybe there are activity “teams” in your area. Some places to check would be on meetup.com These are often free or at least very inexpensive. You will meet other people who have similar goals and history as well as a good instructor dedicated to helping.
When you have suffered and injury and have either been disabled or sidelined for awhile, muscles will lose their strength and size. When muscles go unused for long periods there is deterioration and they can atrophy. If this is your case then it is very important to get the green light from your medical practitioner before beginning a program.
Resistance training for the chair athlete can be anything from special machines to just simple resistance bands. Your physical therapist can show you these or there are a number of programs specially designed for chair exercises – even wheelchair fitness programs.
Trying to recover after an injury is difficult and every little setback feels like the end-of-the-world. Focusing on the successful steps forward can help. Overcoming injury means a slower progress. But the body forgives and heals. Maybe it won’t be exactly the same as before but it can definitely be better than it is now.
If being in a wheelchair is new to you then it is important to join a group with people who have had the same struggles.
One thing that can be helpful is to change your language. Instead of saying you have failed in the past or are a failure – look at it for what it really is. It wasn’t failure it was stopping the try. Just try again – a new way.
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