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How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

exercise motivation Oct 01, 2019

As the days grow shorter and the weather turns damp and dreary, keeping yourself motivated to exercise is vital to your health and well being. 

Why Exercise is Essential
The research is clear: 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise five days a week, plus 30 minutes of strength training two days per week, significantly lowers your risk for stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls. Regular exercise has been shown to be as effective as anti-depressants for improving mood.

Begin with your Mindset

Your mindset can make or break your motivation. Start paying attention to your thoughts and words. Do you have an exercise avoidance mindset or an exercise motivation mindset?


DO YOU HAVE AN EXERCISE AVOIDANCE MINDSET? Do you:
* Vividly imagine the discomfort of the exercise process (being hot, sweaty, strained, out of breath)?
* Do you say things like “I hate exercise, it's hard, it's boring?”
*...

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7 Questions to Rapidly Reset Your Mindset

mindfulness motivation Apr 16, 2019

Did You Know...

Your mind is like a search engine. The questions you ask program your mind to seek and find an answer. What questions do you ask yourself all day long? Are they effective or ineffective at helping you achieve your goals? 

Ineffective questions are problem-focused. 

It stands to reason that when you ask your mind a problem-focused question, it will search for the answer to the question, which doesn't always help you solve the problem!

7 Problem-Focused Questions NOT to ask

  • Why me?
  • Why can’t I do this?
  • Why do I always mess up?
  • How come I never get it right?
  • What’s wrong with me?
  • Why is this so hard?
  • How come everyone else gets what they want but I don't?

When you've been focusing on a problem, give yourself a mindset reset! Instead, ask the following 7 questions to focus on what you DO want, not what you DON'T want.

When you ask your mind a solution-focused question, you'll screen your...

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How to Boost Your Motivation in 5 Easy Tips

 

By Lauren Renee Archer

Motivation is not something you HAVE, it’s something you DO.

What do professional athletes and peak performers have in common? High levels of motivation to achieve their goals. But if you ask any of them, they’ll tell you that motivation is not something you have, it’s something you DO.

Mindfulness invites you to notice your experience of the present moment, including your current level of motivation. Being mindful gives you insight into your thoughts, your feelings, your desires, and your resistance. You can’t change what you’re not aware of. Once you become aware of your internal experience, you are empowered to make changes. 

Motivation doesn’t just “come.”

A lot of people assume that motivation will just “come” to them, like a Fed-Ex package they expect to be dropped on their doorstep. If it doesn’t arrive, they assume that they just “aren’t motivated.” This is a...

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