By Erika Fehrenbach Prell
Anyone else immediately think of the lemurs from the Madagascar movie when you hear the refrain “I like to move it, move it”...or is it just me?!? You’re welcome for having that image and song stuck in your head for the rest of the day! We are all about bringing the fun to your life, DreamChaser, and nothing is more fun than the crazy dance party that is this scene (permission to Google if necessary). This, DreamChaser, is the new mindset you need to adopt when it comes to exercise...that’s it’s so fun and enjoyable why wouldn’t you want to move it!
That brings me to the main point of today’s topic, DreamChaser. Mindset. We’ve said it before, and we will say it again, it all comes down to mindset. It’s time to do the ole SoulShine Flip the Script on your mindset in regards to exercise. Quick recap on what I mean by Flip the Script. This is a SoulShine Best Life strategy to change your mindset from a place of negativity and limitation to positivity and possibility when it comes to a limiting belief simply by changing the wording. Here are 3 places to Flip the Script on your Exercise Mindset:
1. I don’t have time to exercise. → flip it to “I have 10 minutes every day to exercise”.
This is probably the most common excuse not to exercise. Here’s the thing, according to the American Heart Association, you only need to do 10 minutes of any form of exercise to receive heart and other health benefits. Only 10 minutes of any kind of exercise from walking to yoga to running! You can find 10 minutes to do this for yourself...you just have to make it a priority. Your health should be one of your highest priorities!
2. I don’t think exercise is fun. → flip it to “I find exercise fun and enjoyable”.
Belief is the beginning of changing your mindset, and you get to choose what you believe. You can choose to believe exercise is fun, or choose to believe it isn’t, but it’s much easier (and more fun) to do exercise if you believe it is fun! Here’s a truthbomb...if you do not find the exercise you are doing to be enjoyable, try something else! Dance, bike, join a soccer team, walk with a friend, watch your favorite show while walking on a treadmill, listen to a podcast or book while taking a walk...make it fun so you want to do it!
3. I’m too tired to exercise. → flip it to “I feel tired and know that exercise will boost my energy level”.
This might seem counterintuitive but it’s true! While exercise does tire your muscles physically, you will actually feel a boost of energy after exercising. Why? Exercise increases the blood flow in your body, so your brain, muscles, and tissues receive more oxygen faster. Exercise also releases your body’s happy hormones, which boosts your mood, makes you feel better, and makes you feel more energized. Quick side note, exercise will not replace a lack of sleep...lol...but no more using feeling tired as a reason not to exercise!
Spending time to change your mindset of exercise and making it not only a daily priority but also a source of fun and enjoyment in your life is worth the effort. Your future self is thanking you already! Shine On!
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.