Really? Guess what? You’re not alone. Millions of people hate even the thought of exercise – not to mention actually “working out.” The problem is, if you’re trying to lose weight, you need to increase your level of physical activity to help burn more calories than you take in every day. You know starvation diets don’t work. So, what’s the answer?

Exercise with a purpose

Exercise for its own sake leaves many people feeling angry and resentful. Just the thought that they “have to” work out to lose weight is frustrating and irritating. “Why can’t I just take a pill and be done with it?” they ask. “Besides, I don’t have the time to work out,” they claim. “Working out has never worked before, why will it now?” they wonder. I get it, and I empathize, believe me.

But, there is an answer – what I call exercise with a purpose – a way to make exercise serve your needs, rather than you being at the mercy of a stair stepper, a stationary bike, or a weight machine.

I recently spoke with a man who had struggled with his weight for decades. Yet, at the age of 52, he began losing the excess pounds and burning off fat at a rate that was truly surprising. In fact, within 18 months, he’d dropped 100 pounds and was feeling great!

How did he manage such amazing, and healthy weight loss? It’s quite simple really. He bought a bicycle and began riding to work every day. “The fat that hit the pavement as I rode to work every day left grease stains that still exist,” he joked. “Truly, the most wonderful part of the whole process was that I had a purpose other than simply ‘working out.’ I had to GET to work, and the way I chose to do so was also a great way to lose weight and get in shape again.”

This is just one example of how exercise with a purpose can re-set one’s thinking about exercise, creating an entirely new mindset, and turning a work out into a productive enterprise and a pleasure to experience.

For those who can’t ride a bike to work, a tennis match or basketball game with friends will do just as well. You see, the idea is that, when you exercise with a purpose, your focus shifts the value of the action and the pleasure of the act, rather than the drudgery of losing weight. That’s right, I said the drudgery of losing weight: the chore of exercising, the grind, the donkeywork, the un-fun exertion that you can only hope will produce the results you seek.

What do I mean by this? Let me ask this, when you read a novel do you do it to “improve your mind” or to be entertained? When you read a novel you do so to be entertained, of course. (It is fiction after all.) But, as a by-product of your entertaining experience, you will also improve your mind; learning new words and forms of expression, visiting places you’ve never been before, and meeting characters you would never have met otherwise.

The same thing is true of exercise with a purpose. When you ride your bike to work each day, your goal is to get there; the by-product of that effort is the work out you receive, the excess calories you burn, and the weight you lose.

If you’re struggling with your own mindset about exercise, and need to help figuring out how to exercise with a purpose, get in touch with me today to schedule your FREE Wellness Consultation.

 

 

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