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Why isn’t everyone who would like to be fit and healthy exercising on a consistent basis? If we know what we should be doing, then why aren’t we carrying it out consistently? Fitness Motivation Coach Lisa Nordquist calls this “The Fitness Gap” and most of us suffer from it. Knowing that we SHOULD be exercising makes any of us do it on a consistent basis rarely.
So, how can we inspire ourselves to practice optimum self treatment – which include exercising and eating right CONSISTENTLY? For all those people who weren’t born loving exercise, it takes more than JUST CARRYING IT OUT (at least at first). We begin to practice ideal, and CONSISTENT, personal care (even if we find aspects of it painful at the beginning) through a process I call Pain to Pleasure Conversion (PPC).
So, as the Robbins quote above suggests, we must find pleasure in what we change our behavior to. But I believe he misses a part of getting there. Before we find pleasure in something, we must (even if subconsciously) find MEANING in it. So, the transformation starts with assigning MEANING to the concept of exercising. For some, types of meaning can be stress release, longevity, optimal health, strength development, or even the pursuit of spirituality. Or maybe it’s simply being in a social setting or understanding that you’re doing ‘the right thing’.
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But, finding exercise meaningful alone won’t cause you to do it consistently forever. Now, that’s where Robbins makes the equation back. The ‘doing CONSISTENTLY’ conversion is complete once the ACT of exercising itself becomes pleasurable. For some, types of pleasure can be the ‘pump’ from lifting weights, ‘joggers high’ from running really long ranges, or sweating simply.
Well, what about those of us, you ask, who have experienced that kind of pleasure from exercise never? A lot of people who don’t find the procedure of exercising to be pleasurable, will exercise occasionally, but not enough to maximize its benefits consistently. If you cannot stand to sweat or get annoyed by your lack of strength or insufficient endurance, how can you start enjoying each and every workout? So, just how do we get this to entire transformation happen so that we start exercising consistently and make fitness a lifestyle change, even for those folks who don’t find working out all that pleasurable? First, assign a meaning to exercise that is important to you.
Second, start making some improvement towards what’s meaningful to you through exercising. You start getting the results you want Once, the Method of getting those results (in cases like this, exercising) will then start becoming enjoyable to you. A good example of the Pain to Pleasure Conversion at work can be shown through some “if/then” claims.
I will strength train CONSISTENTLY and start loving every minute of it! And, if I start adoring every full minute of it, I will do it consistently the rest of my life! I know this sounds a little black and white, but if you believe about it it’s true. For example, you might say, well, I know people who CONSISTENTLY complain about everything.
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