This Exercise Thing Is Hard Work
Some months ago I decided that my lifestyle was a bit too sedentary
and that I really needed to be fitter for a variety of reasons.
Naturally, being the overachiever I am, I instantly had visions
of me having a body builder-esqe physique and the ability to leap
tall buildings in a single bound within days of getting off my chair
Boy, was I wrong.
I found myself exercising away for a few days doing about an hour
a day and enjoying it.
Then about 3 or 4 days later, I suddenly discovered this whole
array of excuses for not doing any exercise. There was washing to
do, housework to do, friends to see, clients to see, articles to
write and so on and on and on.
Next thing I know, a month had passed me by and my good intentions
regarding exercise had left the building!
So I made an effort again, exercised for a couple of days and then
my excuses came back to visit, and I stopped.
This cycle kept on for a little while and then I had an Aha moment.
I realised that, surprise surprise, I was trying to do too much
at once and my sub-conscious and body were seriously rebelling against
So I decided it was time to be cunning and exercise without my
body noticing. I figured that if I did it that way, I could overcome
this resistance and get to the level of fitness I wanted.
I started with simple things like running up the stairs, briskly
walking to the local shops instead of driving (it's 10 minutes walk
After a week or so, this level of activity became my norm because
I was doing it every day, so I implemented phase 2 of my cunning
I approached the exercise equipment.
Rather than attempting the full hour long suicidal workout I had
been doing before, I decided I'd just do 5 or 10 minutes. I worked
out what my favourite form of exercise was; it happened to be bouncing
on my mini trampoline and decided I'd focus on that.
I'd turn on my favourite radio station and do some exercise whilst
having a think about my work. I wouldn't bounce for long, but I'd
bounce for a bit and gradually I noticed I was spending longer and
longer exercising. They key here was I did this every single day.
I just spent a little exercising in a way I enjoyed.
A couple of weeks later, it felt right to introduce some different
types of exercise, so I did. Then I started to watch half hour TV
shows and exercise whilst I was watching them. All the time I was
making the process of exercise enjoyable and fun for me.
Gradually I built this up to where I am now doing about 45 minutes
of exercise a day (usually in two parts). Rather than being really
sore, as I did before, I now just mildly ache, and every few days
I push myself a little bit further, raising the bar, so to speak.
I found that working like this; breaking the process down into
small manageable steps was something my body could cope with. It
helped me to overcome the initial inertia of inactivity. Instead
of trying to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour instantly, I
went from 0 to 5, then 5 to 10, then 10 to 15 and so on until I
And this is one of the big secrets of successfully exercising and
sticking to it! Simply by gradually working your way into it you
can enjoy exercising and find that instead of quitting after a few
days, you can achieve your fitness goals much easier.
To help you learn to love exercise, you can use the special designed
Loving Exercise audio CD.
(c) 2006 Jason E. Johns