Fun Exercise Challenge

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Blog, Exercise, Motivation

Fun Exercise Challenge 

Our culture has made exercise a complicated issue. We’re constantly bombarded with how long, how hard and how often we should exercise in order for exercise to be beneficial. As a result, most people associate exercise as an inconvenience, boring, hard work or time consuming. So, it’s no wonder over 60% of our population doesn’t exercise on a regular basis and inactivity has become an “epidemic.”

The good news is there is overwhelming scientific evidence that says we don’t have to exercise long and hard for exercise to be beneficial. As a matter of fact, studies show that it takes very little amount of exercise to improve our general health. The key to good health, however, is that we have to get into the habit of doing something on a regular basis no matter how small you may think it is.

Most people have a history of exercising in ways that exceed their limitations and it’s a matter of time before they physically or mentally burn out. And then, we end up on the yo yo exercise roller coaster. We exercise for a few days, weeks or months and then quit for days, weeks or months at a time. Each time we start and stop exercising it becomes more and more difficult to motivate ourselves to exercise.

The main reason this occurs is because we’re constantly trying to meet cultural standards and recommendations that are unrealistic and don’t take into consideration our individual needs, limitations, interests and abilities. As a result, we’ve developed  exercise habits that are counterproductive and sabotage our efforts and ability to make exercise a consistent lifestyle habit.

But, imagine if we were conditioned to exercise in ways that took into consideration our individual needs, limitations, interests and abilities?!

As an attempt to decrease the “inactivity epidemic,” I’m going to propose a fun exercise challenge.  For one week, I want you to exercise with the intent of choosing an activity you enjoy and I want you to exercise at a pace that is comfortable (you’re not breathing hard or trying to catch your breath) and you’re not struggling to keep up a certain pace. And, I want you to exercise for a period of time that feels ” just right.” As a matter of fact, try not to look at your watch while you’re exercising and just exercise until you feel like you don’t want to exercise anymore.

The goal of this exercise challenge is to make exercising as enjoyable and pleasurable as possible. I don’t want you to feel any discomfort, pain or boredom at all. It doesn’t matter what you do or how long you do it. I just want you to move your body in a way that feels good and when you’re done….you say to yourself “I really enjoyed doing that and I look forward to doing it again.”

I hope you will take me up on this exercise challenge and I look forward to receiving your feedback.

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