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St. Joseph's Health Connections

Sep 5 2013
Exercise Block

Do you suffer from “Exercise Block?” 

Today you’re too tired, tomorrow you’re too stressed, the day after you’re exhausted, or just feeling low… so when is it ever going to be the right time? When are you going to feel in the mood to exercise?

Life can mess up our exercise routines. Demands at work, fatigue, an injury or illness, children or elder care, a limited budget can all contribute to blocking our efforts to become, and remain, physically active. Once you develop exercise block, trying to find the motivation to get past it is tough. The first step is just to accept that it's happened, recognize that you can't do anything about what has been, but you can do something about what happens in the future. 

It’s important for you to know WHY you want to be physically active in the first place. If your reason is “I should” then you can almost be certain that you won’t. Exercise should be a nurturing activity and be about taking care of you. The problem for many of us is that exercise is not a habit or routine but an obligation or a chore and for that reason is readily pushed off the agenda. To combat this, try and change your activity goal to wanting to increase your feeling of well-being (you want to feel better and have more energy). 

Physical activity doesn’t have to be a high intensity work out for it to be worthwhile. Exercise should be fun. If it isn’t, try a different kind of activity that you enjoy. As long as you’re moving, it’s good for you. You will be more likely to become more physically active in ways that fit your life than trying to do the type of exercise you think you are supposed to do, in the way you are  supposed to do it help you feel better and are more sustainable for the long-term. 

Physical activity can be accumulated overtime. Taking advantage of the small opportunities you have during your day such as short walks, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going for a bike ride, gardening, dancing, walking the dog, etc. Physical activity is like a savings account. Any activity will be like “money” in the bank, the better quality of life you have now will help you build your quality of life in your future. 


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