Salvere Blog: The Struggle With Regular Exercise, It’s Real!

 
Ever wonder how much more research on the benefits of exercise will come out? Feel frustrated that we impress upon our society the importance of movement but live so stressed out and busy that it feels like there’s no time? Why if we know all its wonderful benefits do we still struggle to stay or start a routine?

No time, it’s boring, I hate it, it hurts, too tired, etc are a few of the reasons we might use to avoid exercise. So if we know, intellectually, all the benefits, why do these excuses drive our decisions when it comes to actually working out? Well, enter emotion and the power of our mind.

Sometimes too much information becomes overwhelming, sometimes it stirs up some uncomfortable emotions from past activities, sometimes it feels lonely because nobody else joins in and sometimes it really does physically hurt. Sometimes thinking about 2 or 3 or 10 years down the road seems too far away to really matter.

Not to mention, many of the benefits come in the form of intangible things like better sleep, less stress, reduced risk of heart disease or diabetes, better balance and improved bone density. What do those feel like and look like? It’s real hard to imagine or feel these for the most part.

Okay, so what to do about this when you want to be active, know the benefits of being active and just don’t seem to do anything about it? While I’d like to say there’s some magical answer, it really comes down to really thinking about why it’s important to you and setting a goal that’s doable for YOU — Start with 10 minutes a day and challenge yourself to see how many consecutive days you can do something.

Remind yourself why it’s important to YOU to exercise and go even when you don’t feel like it. Know others struggle too so know you’re not alone and talk about it with others! It helps!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.
Be well,
The Salvere Health and Fitness Team

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