This is a contributed post on how to make exercising easy by Dan Petraglia from Fitness and Weight Loss Central
In order for it to work, exercise must be a strenuous activity. Exercise is not only physically demanding, the mental component is demanding as well. This mental component is often ignored, but it is a very important part of our fitness experiences, because exercise is all about choices. These choices determine what you will get out of your fitness regimen.
Make Exercising Easy
Some people are very motivated to follow their fitness routines, but others are less motivated. Some tend to push themselves beyond what they normally can do even on a tired or sick day, while others make excuses like “I’ll have a light workout today and push it tomorrow.” Truthfully, neither of these is ideal, and it is better to find a middle ground between them. Being consistent is best. Let’s examine 5 aspects of the motivational component of exercise and find out how we can maximize our motivation.
-The Longer you do it, the easier it becomes
Practicing something repeatedly makes you better at it and more used to doing it. Over time, your comfort zone will shift towards your goals, bringing you closer to where you want to be. The more you practice, the easier the activity itself gets, but actually finding the motivation for the activity gets easier too. Eventually the goal with running, weight training, or any type of exercise is to see it as something that is a normal and regular component of your life. Once you’ve achieved this changed mental state, you’ll then realize that you’re thinking less and less about it as exercise, and it has now become integrated seamlessly into your lifestyle.
Most think that working out often is the best way to get results. However, just like anything else in life, quantity is not the same as quality. Both are important in different ways, and varying the two gets you the best outcome. Sometimes it’s best to do a short, intense workout rather than a longer one that’s not as hard. This is why it is important to develop a training plan – it allows you to mix up the quantity and the intensity in the way that is best for your body.
-Gradually Easing Into It
If you haven’t gotten any physical exercise in a long time, it can be hard to know how to jump back on the wagon. This is a common problem which can be complex. Perhaps some go too hard and get hurt in the process. Others might go from walking, to jogging, to running, but then get stuck in a consistent yet ineffective workout regime. So what’s the solution? This judgment call can only be made with time and some intelligent self assessment. As you gain experience training your body, you will know when to test uncharted waters and when to call it a day.
-Self Inflicting or Self Rewarding
It’s key to find a good balance in exercising. You want to definitely feel a nice tight and tingly soreness running around your muscle fibers after a long hard workout. But when you’re dragging your feet slowly but surely closer to that hot shower, something is about to occur. When you emerge from that shower you’ll feel wide awake, energized, and really alive! The body loves highs, lows, and variation throughout your day. Energy is optimally distributed when you experience these highs and lows.
If you were to just sit all day, your body would also respond to this behavior. It would adjust to this sedentary and lethargic state by going into idle mode (similar to a car or computer running on idle). When the body is forced to stay at low energy it will readjust its settings to your actions and run on lower and lower power levels. This is the reasoning for why many deconditioned people that do nothing all day will seem tired all the time. You’d think they’d have energy because they haven’t used any, but the reality is the less you use, the less you’ll have.
You need to make things as simple as possible in order to keep yourself motivated. First narrow down just a handful of potential workouts or physical activities that you could see yourself doing. Next, try them out and see which ones you find the most enjoyable. Then stick to one or two routines or activities that work best for you. Once you’ve gotten this far, it’s time to start a slow yet steady gradual progression through these workouts. Constantly increase how often, how long, or how intensely you do it (or all of these dimensions). If you can correctly follow this simple five step process, you’ll soon be on your way to exercise limitlessness.
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