It’s 6am and your alarm clock goes off.
“Good You” set it the night before with the best of intentions; you’d get up and exercise before starting your day.
But as the alarm blares and you reach for it, “Lazy You” reaches for the snooze button. After all, the bed is warm and comfy, and going out for a jog sounds like too much effort. And so the battle ensues… “Good You” vs “Lazy You”, to get up and exercise or not. SOUND FAMILIAR?!?!?
In this Trainer Talk, I discuss the very root of exercise motivation and where the struggle comes from.
I really hope you’ll watch. As a wellness coach, I see way too much self-shame happening when clients feel they’re failing at exercise. There’s a whole negative cycle that occurs: we struggle to exercise, and when we fail we berate ourselves, which leads to more stress and negative feelings… when actually our tendencies towards inactivity are a completely normal human response. With this video, my hope is that if you increase your understanding about the very nature of exercise motivation, you’ll actually begin to improve your relationship with exercise overall. Because until we create a healthier relationship with our feelings about exercise, the struggle and the stress it creates will never change.
As for the exercises you’ll see James and me doing in the video, they all came from this Bodyweight Workout you can find here on The Fit RV website. We jazzed them up a bit (like when we used the van’s running board), but for the most part, it’s all the same stuff.
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My viewpoint on exercise motivation is heavily influenced by Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman, and if you’d like to continue researching points I make in the video, I highly encourage you to take a look at this fascinating article by Dr. Lieberman, “Is Exercise Really Medicine?”
I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave comments or questions below; let’s keep the discussion going.