It may sound odd but it really works!
Ii can be so easy to make yourself exercise and if you want to stop your body falling apart it is vital.
We all brush our teeth but do not necessarily enjoy it. We do it because we don't want our teeth to look disgusting and fall out. Yet exercise is the same – if I did not exercise I could look pretty disgusting and start falling apart pretty quickly. As I am not a naturally strong muscular person, my age would very quickly have it's way. I exercise not because I enjoy it: because I enjoy the fact that I'm stopping my body from falling apart - just like stopping my teeth falling out.
Brushing your teeth is easy and we think it takes no real effort - but it
does - when you're feeling tired you still make yourself do it. Plus
we have to buy equipment and sometimes we have to go to the dentist –
every six months. So effort is needed yet we still all do it.
Know and remember that you have to do it every day - everyone can spare just 1 minute! In time this may then lead to 2 mins!
just a few good very simple exercises that really will help your whole body
fitness. Plus, they'll help you feel virtuous knowing that you have done
some good to your body and stopped it deteriorating any further. This can lead to other more healthy lifestyle choices.
Use it or Lose it
This really is so true! Just 1 minute every day - that really is all you need to stop your body falling apart – just like your teeth!
Maybe try to think less about making yourself exercise - become a habit.
When the emphasis is upon getting it to be a habit we risk losing the most powerful association – all the good it does. Sole focus upon the health giving properties, let alone the improvement to how we look, and our attractiveness, can make us jump into action to get those benefits.
As soon as some effort is involved we can seem to find any excuse to not do IT.. And what is IT ?
...far more than exercise - It is looking after your body.
Perhaps if we were to not call it exercise and call it a make me happy session we would have a constant reminder as to why we are doing it. However we can also so want something to become a habit, yet habits can be very easily broken. It is one thing to work hard to try to develop a habit, but you do have to work harder to keep it going all the time.
As kids we are taught to clean our teeth – we do teach our kids the benefit of exercise but not how to do it, or necessarily do it effectively.
How to make yourself exercise when you don't enjoy it, should be easy as we all know it is good for us in so many ways – if it were a drug it would be the miracle cure.
Most of the time, we do something because it gives us enjoyment. And whilst exercise, may at the time give us pain and discomfort – we actually get the enjoyment later either by:
Switching your seeking of pleasure from the immediate short term to the long term can be the key to making yourself exercise - knowing that the pleasure will come!.
Thinking of other things that you do – but which you may not enjoy doing. We come back to the cleaning your teeth bit here, but It may be also like walking the dog – something that you don't necessarily like to do but you do it because you know you have to or there will be consequences. Well there will be consequences if you don't look after your body -it will gradually fall apart.
If you don't make yourself exercise you will fall apart. Up until the age of 30 you can to some extent get away with it - as your body is generally working at its optimum. This also means that if you do exercise - the gains can be great and can set you up for life - so still no excuse to not make yourself exercise - make the most of this time when your body really is at it's best.
After 30 you ned to make yourself exercise otherwise your body will fall apart (details)
I ask my clients to think about how many habits they really have or have managed to sustain.
Rather than trying to get into the habit of exercise think of it as a ritual – just something that you know you must do. As after all would you describe the act of cleaning your teeth a habit or a ritual - and you are still doing it. Habits can be so easily stopped - especially the good ones, and unless it is something that is so enjoyable or a simpler way of your body something - can take a lot of work to keep up.
and sustaining it!
The easy way to make yourself exercise may therefore be to just make it a ritual. But first you have to know why you are doing it.
As you age your body changes. Up until 30 all is generally great and your body is working at optimum levels - just one example: hormone profile is great, which helps manage fat to muscle ratio better. If you do exercise the gains will be far superior in your 20's to when in your 50's. All your physiological systems will be working well in your 20's.
In your 30's one big change is that muscle will start to be lost. If you exercise to keep it - it will stay, and can get bigger. If you do nothing it will gradually shrink. After the age of 30 you can expect to gain approximately 1 pound of fat every year and lose about a half pound of muscle (details from Oxford Academic). This amount can gradually increase and accelerate after the age of 60. However make yourself exercise and you can reverse this process - gain muscle and lose fat. As you get older it gets harder - as I know all too well, but do know that:
to make yourself exercise = making yourself younger, fitter and happier.
Think more of this and spare yourself 1 minute every day!
It really is as simple as that.