A great thing to understand if you don’t like exercising

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A great thing to understand if you don't like exercising

I’m letting you in on a little secret that isn’t so secret if you’ve followed me for any length of time. 

 

I’m a future reformed slob. 

 

See what I did there? I’m not labeling myself as a slob, but rather someone who one day won’t be one. I hope you see both the humor and the hope in that! 

 

What on earth does this have to do with when it comes to how you view exercise? 

 

A lot, actually. Because, unless you’re someone who LOVES exercise, you may struggle to get movement in because you assume that you must learn to love it.

 

Afterall, all the people who exercise consistently for years do it because they love it, right? 

 

Let me go back to my slob comment, now.

 

I’m currently listening to a podcast hosted by a lady named Dana K. White called “A Slob Comes Clean.”  That’s right, it’s a lady who teaches her deslobbification process because she’s a…wait for it…

Reformed slob! There’s hope for me! 

 

I neeeed her in my life! The things I’m good at, I’m really good at. Housekeeping…not one of them.

 

She said something on one of her episodes the other day that hit me square in the eyes (hang with me, I’ll wrap back around to exercise in a minute).

 

She said, having a clean home is morally neutral. Now, if you keep a clean home, that phrase may mean nothing to you.

 

If, however, you are a clutter bug, or have ADHD like I do (yes, clinically diagnosed decades ago) and see piles and have zero idea what to do with them, you may have just found your shoulders relaxing for the first time since you were 20.

 

I have struggled with feeling like a “good person” for as long as I can remember because my home isn’t always (ok, or even often) tidy.

 

This not only brought me comfort, but it made me think about how many women struggle with feeling less than, ashamed of overwhelm, or, like me, the future reformed slob, like a “good person.”

 

Having a clean and tidy home is good but it doesn’t make me a bad person if it’s not this way. I’m not lesser, I just have a bit more work to do than perhaps someone for whom it comes easy. Whew! 

Dana talks on her podcast about how she used to think that she had to love house work to have a clean home. 

 

Maybe you can relate in that you are waiting to love  exercise or thinking you have to love it to be fit and healthy?

 

And here’s what you may just need to hear:

Exercising is morally neutral. Can we just enjoy that fact for a moment? 

 

You are not a bad person, lesser, or unworthy if you aren’t consistent. Like keeping home, it’s good to exercise and there will be tremendous benefits that will actually help you live longer (unlike keeping a home…it’s not a perfect parallel ;-)…

 

but you are not bad if you don’t. I think that’s an important distinction.

 

Here’s another secret…

 

Before I spill it, let me just say I do love movement (whether I’m pacing while talking on the phone, walking on my walking pad while on a zoom, or going for a walk while listening to a podcast), movement makes my body feel better. 

 

HOWEVER, I don’t LOVE exercise, per se…and yet I’m fit and healthy. 

In fact, I’m all about the minimum effective dose (MED)…what is the least amount I can do to get the best results (which is what I teach my Faith Forward Age Backward clients).

 

Is that at all shocking? Do you assume that everyone who is fit and healthy is that way because they love exercise, and until you love exercise just as much then you probably won’t be fit and healthy?

 

Much like I assumed I needed to love house work to have a clean house, that’s just not the case.

 

I have grown to love the results and even now look forward to the process, but I don’t do it because I love going through the discomfort, the breathlessness, etc. 

 

Once I become a reformed slob (because I am going through the steps of making it happen), I will love the result of cleaning, even if I don’t love the act of cleaning. 

 

So, my friend, if you don’t love exercise, take heart. You can still be fit and healthy, it may just take a bit more work than for someone who enjoys it. 

 

You can love the results and come to look forward to the process, even if you don’t love exercise itself! 

Next week I’ll share how to do some habit stacking with movement if you are someone who dislikes exercise to the point of not being able to even get started in order to become a future reformed non-consistent exerciser! 



Love you, 

Lisa

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I’m passionate about helping you achieve energy, joy, and fun over 40 so you can live your most confident years, yet.
 
My heart and mission is to help women of all ages start living a bold, intentional life right where they are!
 
My heart for your health stemmed from years of figuring out how to help my own. 
 
With a combination of a poor family health history, combined with autoimmune conditions, chronic fatigue, and congenital heart defects, I was motivated to make significant shifts to give myself the best chance of a life lived vivaciously, boldly, confidently, and energetically!
 
And because I want all of that for you, I’m passionately walking in my purpose of helping you create all of that and more for yourself! 

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  • Mom and wife living in Louisiana 
  • Alternate for NBC’s Dancing With Myself
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  • IWHI Integrative Women’s Health Coach
  • 2 time former gym owner
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