I’ve heard people say over and over again that they really don’t like to exercise, but they love the benefits OF exercise. Perhaps it would be easier and more fulfilling to turn your thought process and attitude around ABOUT exercise as a method of making it easier to start and keep an exercise habit.
Use this affirmation to finish up Get Physical Week, and to help you stay motivated to keep up the good habits you’ve begun as a result of the articles you’ve read this week. Affirmations are maximally effective when you repeat them out loud for at least 21 to 28 days – this gives your words, said in your voice, a chance to penetrate to your subconscious mind and create a “new groove” that becomes a positive habit.
Start by saying these sentences out loud:
Exercising is one of my favorite hobbies.
I exercise because it allows me to feel liberated. When I exercise, all of my inhibitions, insecurities, and fears momentarily fade away as I enjoy the adrenaline rush!
Exercise helps me improve my mental and emotional health. I find myself feeling more energized, well rested, and ready to conquer just about anything after I finish my exercise routine! Once my exercises have been done for the day, I feel invincible!
In addition, exercise helps me look good and helps me achieve and maintain good health – and it’s doctor recommended, to boot! Shopping is a dream because my body is fit, and I look awesome in just about anything!
To me, physical activity is therapeutic. I can truly be at one with my mind without interruptions or negativity. At these times, it’s just my mind, my body and me. And I truly believe that I’m becoming more in tune with my wants and needs by dedicating this time to myself on a regular basis.
I like to vary my routine every now and then to challenge myself and keep things fun. I take dance classes, walk, run or swim, build strength and flexibility, and set SMART goals for myself.
For example, if my current exercise is running, I set a goal that includes running a specific distance – like five miles – by a specific date or in a specific amount of time before I move onto a new exercise routine. I plan ahead and enjoy working toward my exercise goals.
Today, I take care of my mind, body and soul by staying fit. Exercising is a fun activity that I enjoy. I plan my goals and achieve them, and I will keep my routine vibrant for years to come!
- What excuses have I made in the past to feel better about leading a sedentary lifestyle?
- How can I banish these excuses and build a new, positive habit to keep me moving?
- Is my partner or best friend willing to exercise with me regularly in order to keep me motivated? Can I find an exercise buddy somewhere else if needed?