We all know working out is good for us, but why is it so hard then to keep our commitment to maintaining a regular fitness routine?
For many of us our reasons are scarcity of time and energy. However, most often I find it actually boils down to a deep-seated fear of having to face shame, fear of failure, or fear that we might feel worse rather than better when we move more.
Learning how to exercise is the cure for your fears and next steps for creating movement momentum.
How to use movement to overcome fear
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. Fear is real. However, exercise is the cure to overcoming your fears - even when we're been moving all day!
When faced with fear some of us will keep plowing forward, retaining the mainstays of our lives unscathed. However, our fears can be elevated and paralyze us when life changes from a family death, a job loss or promotion, a divorce, or a personal health crisis.
Who of us hasn’t wanted to curl up in a ball when we need to face hard stuff?
As of the last poll in the US, only 18% of women are getting the recommended minimum activity of at least 2.5 hours of moderate or75min of vigorous cardio activity and 2 days of strengthening activities per week.
Reasons most women don't exercise:
"I am too busy"
"I am too stressed"
"I am too tired"
"I am too distracted"
"I am too dedicated to something else"
It’s most often true that women who are under-exercising aren’t holding back because they don’t want to move more or take more time for their health...
It’s more likely we aren’t exercising enough because we are afraid of getting even more tired, feeling even more sick or sore, facing even more shame, or losing out on even more time that we prefer to give to other things we love.
Why you should go the extra mile (literally)
1. Gain Energy
Exercise can give you incredible energy. Research shows even 10 minutes is more invigorating than a cup of coffee.
2. Pain Relief
Exercise can relieve pain and improve recovery, even in those with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.
3. Boost Confidence
Exercise can boost confidence and is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety and depression.
After my pregnancies I have found so many reasons for why exercise might not be a good idea. What if it reduced my milk supply? What if my varicose veins get worse? What if I pee when I run? What if I yell at my kids because exercise made me too tired?
But time and time again when I have the courage to move- I am always, always, always so happy I did it. Not because I have checking something off a list, but because I feel a thousand times better body and soul after I have done it.
Think about it...
What would it feel like to look forward to exercise, knowing you could do it in a way that boosts your energy, creates greater healing, and leaves you feeling more alive and confident?
Upcoming Facebook Live
Wednesday 4/18/18 @ 12pm MST
Learn exercise tips to overcome
• Chronic illness or pain
• Auto-immune conditions
• Chronic fatigue
• Stress / Anxiety
Nicole Irlbeck, Founder of Restoration Fitness, will be sharing what has worked for her and her clients to overcome the deadly traps that keep us from working out and creating positive energy in our daily life.