Enjoy – Day 20 – More myth-busting on movement and food.
What are some of the other mental issues besides ‘not enough time’ that we face around daily movement?
Many of us overwork ourselves to compensate for the ‘junk food’ we so desperately crave some days.
Or maybe we think exercise hurts.
Or maybe it’s boring.
Or maybe we don’t like the mess.
Or maybe we just lack motivation and energy…we’d much rather watch that show or anything other than doing something hard?
Another issue may be that we feel hungrier when we exercise.
There are lots of potential mental barriers we face…those are just a few.
“Excess exercise tends to be counterbalanced by excess hunger, exemplified by the phrase ‘working up an appetite.’ A few people with extraordinary willpower can resist such hunger day after day, but for the vast majority, weight loss through exercise is a flawed option.” – Andrew Weil, Doctor, Naturopath
Notice how he said ‘excess’ exercise.
Weight-loss and health are most definitely achieved through regular exercise.
But many of us have the flawed logic that if we just work a little harder, do a little more, it will solve everything.
It will burn off that junk food, or that extra helping.
It will allow us to indulge and avoid thinking about what we eat, because we can just burn it off.
But this is a damaging mindset for multiple reasons.
We already discussed that all calories are not created equal, and putting junk in your body has farther reaching effects than just ‘putting on weight’.
It also contributes to low energy, inflammation, and eventual disease.
So do you resonate at all with these myths?: “I can eat whatever I want because I work out” or “I can just burn it off”.
If so…now is the time to let those beliefs go…there’s a different way to think that doesn’t carry the negative side effects.
It’s a paradigm shift…one where you decide to make healthier food choices because you love and respect your body.
This will also release you from the burden of overly intense working out.
When I finally let go of those beliefs it enabled me to be perfectly happy and healthy with just 20-30 minutes of movement…rather than feeling like I MUST GET in 60-90 minutes per day or I’m not doing enough to keep up.
It’s just easier on your mind and your body to be wise with food and exercise.
Now, that’s not to say it’s easy to avoid junk food…we already discussed the huge potential issues there, especially since the junky foods are so dang addictive (processed, refined foods loaded with sugars)
But the first step is to acknowledge the importance of food and its impact.
And stop lying to ourselves by telling ourselves we can eat whatever we want and it doesn’t matter as long as we exercise enough.
It’s always best to confront the truth.
Even though the truth is often the hard path.
It always leads to peace and happiness.
Whereas avoiding the truth always leads to problems and greater pain in the long run.
So what about the ‘it’s boring’ excuse?
Great, maybe it is boring.
So find a way to make it fun.
If you’re not doing it because it’s boring, it truly isn’t a priority yet.
There are plenty of ways to make it more enjoyable…listen to a book, find an exercise that is NOT boring to you…whatever, but recognize that as an excuse.
And what about, ‘it’s just hard, I lack the motivation to get moving’.
This is easily solved by the mini-habit approach, so this should no longer be an issue for anyone at this point.
Here’s some more motivation:
“Your cells are as depressed as you are, and your cells are as happy and frisky as you are” – Abraham/Esther Hicks
Kind of a fun way to see our bodies…experiencing the same emotions as us.
I guess it makes sense…since our mind, body, and spirit are all interconnected.
So getting happy can help your body feel better and perform better.
But also, getting your body moving, and making your cells happy, also can be the catalyst to getting YOU happier.
For many reasons, movement contributes to greater happiness and lower depression.
We have all experienced the ‘endorphin rush’ that comes with moving vigorously…that’s just one reason.
Another thought on these lines:
“Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other.” – Henry David Thoreau
That’s it for today.
Take a rest tomorrow. Love yourself. Love your body. Love your life. Be grateful. Back for more in two days.
Make Today Amazing.