According to The Sun, 1 in 6 Brits have not done any regular exercise for at least 10 years. Having a sedentary lifestyle has its consequences. It is linked to an increase risk in cancer, diabetes, cognitive decline, and heart disease. But the good news is, you can learn to love exercise. There are simple strategies that can help you do that. Published by Hypnosis in London on 09 May 2016, written by Malminder Gill.
Having regular physical activity has several benefits. It helps control weight, reduces risk of developing certain diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep. However, these facts are not enough to convince people to get regular exercise. This was shown in the result of the study carried out by Centre for Market and Public Organisation at Bristol University.
The study, which involved evaluation of over a million adults in England, revealed that nearly 80% of the subjects do not hit the physical activity the government targets. The government targets moderate exercise for at least 12 times in a month. But the study revealed that less than 10% of adult in England who can walk do not walk for more than 5 minutes continuously.
The lack of exercise is as deadly as obesity. That’s what Cambridge University has said. Over 300,000 deaths among European men and women each year are attributed to obesity but twice this number of deaths could be due to the lack of physical activity.
Why People Dislike Exercising
There are different reasons why people dislike exercising. In one research, it found out that the way the person feels towards exercise has something to do with the person’s tolerance to pain. And pain tolerance could be 50% genetic.
There are also factors that can influence the way you perceive exercise. Past experiences, peer pressure, and perception of one’s self tend to play important roles on how you feel towards exercise.
Strategies to Love Exercising
Whether it’s genetics or as a result of past experience, you can change the way you view exercise. There are strategies to learn to love it. Here are some of them:
1. Set learning goals
Learning goals are different from performance goals in such a way that the latter focuses more on achievement (like finishing a 10K) while the former focuses on discovering something. Most people set performance goals but the problem with these goals is that it’s easier to get demotivated.
It’s different with learning goals. When the goal is on learning something, we are drawn to it because we are naturally curious.
In the goal-setting theory of motivation, researchers theorized that there is a relationship between goals and motivation. It also states that a learning goal orientation results to better performance compared to performance goal orientation. So, instead of focusing on working out for a specific number of days, shift your focus instead on learning something – be it yoga, wall climbing, or anything that interests you and moves your body. My friend tells me that exercise helps focus the minds and bodies of police recruits. He suggested that it also improves Police Test Prep.
2. Focus on how you’ll feel after
Most of the decisions on whether to work out or not comes from your emotional side. Research revealed that our affective experience has strong influence on the immediate outcome. In the study, it found out that participants who expected to drink a disgusting beverage end up drinking less of it.
This can be applied in learning how to love exercise. Instead of focusing on a distant goal such as having a bikini body for next summer, shift your focus instead on how you’ll feel after exercise. This kind of thinking will motivate you to work out because this appeals on your emotional side.
3. Think of your bigger ‘why’
Although there is no wrong or right reasons to exercise, people who focuses on their well-being rather than vague promises of the future (like losing weight) tend to be more motivated in working out.
4. Choose the right type of exercise
Choosing the right type of exercise can influence your motivation of doing it. You’re more likely to stick to a workout if it combines skill acquisition and body movement. This type of exercises make you more motivated as it taps the fight-or-flight response of the body. Its also a great idea to try and attach exercise to something you love. I have a friend that was a fanatical sports fan but was afraid of exercising. So what he did was work towards small goals surrounding his sport of choice, which for him was softball. He’d start out going for a light jog and the goal in his mind was that he wanted to sprint well enough to join his local softball team. As he built it up he rewarded himself with a new pair of slow pitch softball gloves. This kept his focused on immediate goals which gave him that all important dopamine boost to keep his head in the game. After doing this for a few months he got to the point where he was playing softball 2-3 times a week with his local team because he earned his spot.
5. Try hypnosis
You can learn to love exercise through guided hypnosis. In Hypnosis in London, I offer a Love Exercise 2-week online hypnosis program to help you improve your motivation and willpower for exercise. This is a great alternative if you can’t make it to a private one-on-one session.
In this online hypnosis program, you will learn more than just willpower and motivation. You will also learn about self-respect, self-esteem, and self-worth. Learning these things can help you learn to love exercise.
Working out is more than just about improving your physical health. It’s also about improving how you feel about yourself. So, if you’re struggling in this area, remember that there’s help available for you.