“Most people would love to have more motivation to exercise. But I find that many people simply want the motivation to deal with the basic demands of life. This article presents the formula for getting yourself to move more. Once your regular daily movement becomes effortless, you have discovered the core of exercise motivation.”
Most of us, when we think about getting motivated to exercise, think about ways to get our brain to convince our body to move. We have a “just do it” culture–which is good in many ways. But for most of us there is something more fundamental that we must FIRST get to, in order to summon the motivation to exercise.
In Chapter 3 of The Cheat System Diet, I talk at length about how to get to the root of exercise motivation. To quickly summarize, there are two main things you must address before you get to the “convince your brain to move and work your muscles” mode.
When you do the 2 things suggested in this article, your metabolism will function better and you will burn more fat. There is even one exercise here that you do by just lying on your back!
1. According to Dr. John Sarno, who taught at the NYU School of Medicine for years, a lot of physical pain is caused by emotions.
According to Dr. Sarno many people have anger at an unconscious level. His idea is that our brain wants to simultaneously distract itself from any unconscious anger but also draw attention to it. And it does this by funneling signals to the nerves in our muscles, which creates pain. This can show up as muscle pain, headaches, allergic reactions, and gastrointestinal issues.
I realize this sounds new-agey, but a simple exercise will help you to uncover any hidden anger that you might have. The first is to simply give yourself permission to acknowledge that you might be angry about something.
This is a bigger deal than you might think, because we live in a “suck it up and let it go” culture. But what if you have NOT let something go? The second part of this exercise is to simply say “I’m angry about” whatever it is you might still be angry about. (This is a great related article to really let go of anger caused by other people.)
2. The second thing that you MUST confront are your structural issues. The most important thing to know is that we ALL have structural issues that help us from really enjoying movement in an effortless way. If you have not started to do the basic stretches that are outlined in Chapter 3 of CSD, this article is designed to help convince you to try them. Especially this one, which you do lying on your back. So easy!!
In order to get the motivation to exercise, run or move more, you must first make sure your body is in total balance and alignment. This article will explain to you why proper physical alignment is the first step in a process that will literally set you in motion. We will then show you some basic exercises which will help you get to this place.
The basic idea here is that when your body is out of alignment, physical pain is the inevitable result. As pain increases, your limitations grow. As this cycle deepens, you create the perfect environment for inaction. You can have all the mental energy and power in the world, and it will not fix this fundamental problem. In fact, if you take a “mind over matter” approach, it may make things a whole lot worse.
The good news is that the inverse is also true! When you get balanced and then get loose, possibilities start to increase. At PEERtrainer we are strong advocates of something we call “Fitness Fusion.” Just like our Diet Fusion concept, Fitness Fusion involves focusing on areas that you might not expect, AND doing them together.