Is there something in your life that you’d like to change, but you just can’t get started?
We’re talking about exercise this month, so let’s take a look at what happens when you can’t get started on a regular exercise routine.
Maybe you’ve “tried and failed” before – gone through motivated phases and then got bored, or maybe life got in the way and you simply got out of the habit. Maybe you don’t really enjoy the exercise that you’ve tried before, so it doesn’t really seem appealing (and we’ll cover that in the following weeks). Maybe you loved your exercise routine in the past, but injury stopped you and you don’t know what else you can do to get the same enjoyment. So you’re not doing much at all…
Well, however you got to this place – to feeling that you just can’t get started – these tips will help you start and then keep it going.
Imagine you’ve got a big heavy box at one end of a hallway. You need to get it to the other end. At first, you put a lot of effort into getting it moving.
That’s starting friction.
But once it’s going? It’s pretty easy to just keep moving.
It’s the same when we need to change something – it often involves many small changes, several decisions and some alterations to our routine.
An established habit or routine is when the box is sliding down the hallway. Starting friction is what happens when we need to make a change, but haven’t put everything in place yet.
So, this week we bring you three inter-connected tips to overcome your starting friction and enjoy the feeling of moving!
Why do you want a regular exercise routine?
There are two parts to this, and they’re both important…
This is what you’re aiming to achieve in the next few weeks or months.
Maybe you’ve got a different short-term “why” – brainstorm some ideas about what you’d like to achieve quite soon by starting or altering your exercise routine.
Now have a think about why you’d like to be regularly exercising for the foreseeable future, even for the rest of your life.
What will that bring you? What will you gain?
Whatever your long-term vision is, take some time to get really clear about it. This will keep you going through tough times (or getting up on cold winter mornings!).
Your long-term “why” encourages you to get back into your routine if life circumstances get in the way.
So, whereas your short-term “why” may keep changing as you reach your targets, your long-term “why” is what sustains you. Your long-term “why” motivates you to deal with whatever arises so that you start to embody your desired future.
Now let’s get super practical. This is where you look at your daily life and figure out what has been getting in the way of your desired exercise routine, and then what you can do to make your success as easy as possible.
According to Chinese medicine, the best time of day to exercise is in the morning (stay tuned for our last article in March to find out why).
Figure out what is getting in the way of exercising in the morning. If you start work at 5am, then maybe it’s not feasible. Otherwise, maybe there are some things that could change.
Do you have other blocks or obstacles? See if you can shuffle things around to remove or reduce them as much as possible.
If your blocks are mental, come back to your “whys” and renew your commitment to start enjoying those rewards. See what your creative mind can come up with!
What can you do to make it easier?
What can you do for yourself to make this as easy as possible?
Do you feel great after you’ve exercised? Maybe you’ve made your personal best, achieved a movement that you couldn’t do before, or simply feel fantastic.
Use your positive experiences to melt away your obstacles and reinforce the enjoyment and accomplishment of your new routine.
Are you feeling sluggish, do you have old injuries or are you simply needing some support to start or change your exercise routine?
Then please come and see us. Acupuncture helps to promote mental clarity, remove energy blocks and resolve injuries. We’ll also cheer you on and celebrate every victory with you!
You can feel better – starting today!