Wednesday, June 27, 2018 4:08 PM
I’m really excited to share the news that my new book Exercise Planning For Busy People is releasing next month. I think you’ll find it super helpful if you’re too busy to stick with an exercise plan.
Here’s the good news: you don’t need a new life, you just need a plan that works—no matter what.
The starting point in the book is the importance of preference.
Preference is king. Honoring and abiding by preferences often takes away the majority of obstacles to getting started and sticking with a fitness plan.
Here is why: we are much more likely to do things we like to do. I know that sounds overly simple, but it is a powerful truth.
One of the most common obstacles I see with clients is their insistence upon cultivating willpower and self-discipline to do fitness activities they don’t like.
They choose activities based upon what they think they should be doing, or upon what someone told them they should be doing, or upon some definition of exercise that includes the belief that it should be unpleasant to be effective.
“No pain, no gain” is a common such belief.
And that approach just doesn’t work. We can get away with it for a while, but not over time. The grind inevitably wears down whatever willpower we muster.
Heck, life is already full of enough grinds. No need to add another in the name of wellness.
The starting place of a plan that works in your life is finding the activities you actually like to do.
Remember that exercise is any activity that challenges the body in order to bring about positive physiological change. Such activities include hundreds, if not thousands, of choices and variations. There are almost as many ways to move and challenge the body as the imagination can supply.
Even more straightforward is the Easing In Fitness definition of exercise: moving more to improve health.
This definition is about as simple as it gets, and for me this simplicity removes obstacles and opens even more possibilities. Finding ways to move more to improve health seems much more possible than clearing the deck in an already over-scheduled life for some additional unpleasant commitment known as a fitness plan.
Adopt a mindset of curiosity and experimentation. Go outdoors or to the gym or club or your basement or garage with the same spirit you used to have heading to the playground or to recess.
Find something that feels like play. That’s a very good place to start. Because if you do what you love, consistency follows.
Don’t change your life. Just change your mind.
Together, let’s end the fight to get fit!