The Power of Feeling Great

by Denise Druce | August 8th, 2012 | Fitness Expert

There is no question that when you’re “on the program” you just feel better.  Think back to a time in your life when you were firing on all cylinders.  When you woke up in the morning with no alarm, refreshed and ready to greet the day.  Before you needed three cups of coffee to wake up, and three glasses of wine to help you sleep.  Chances are, you’re remembering a time in your life when your health and wellness were a priority, and you were on the program. Whatever that was.

So if you did it before, you can do it again.  The question is how?  We all know that the hardest thing to do is to just get the ball rolling.  So I suggest that today is the day for that. Yes, today.  A walk after work, a cycle class on your way home, a yoga practice before bed.  The thing is, all you have to do is do something, and just like that, you’re back on the program!  After the initial start up, you just need to be consistent.

Do something every day.

That something doesn’t have to be a grueling workout.  Anything will do, as long as you are establishing a consistent habit of exercise.  Over time you will start to feel that old energy come back, and you will want to do more.  Your workouts will again become a way of life for you.

If you still need help in the motivation department, I like the “Tony Robbins” approach.  He teaches that as humans, we are motivated by two things: we seek pleasure, and we avoid pain.  All of the decisions we make, whether conscious or not, are motivated by one of these.  Ultimately, we want the pleasure that comes from being healthy and free of sickness.  We also inherently want the kind of long life that is free of physical pain that often comes with the aging process.

But when it comes to doing the little, daily acts that produce these big results, the tables in our mind get turned.  We perceive exercise to be painful, time consuming, with little immediate benefit.  And it takes a long time to start to notice the pleasurable feelings associated with eating fresh foods and moving our bodies on a regular basis.

Here’s Tony’s suggestion. Take out a blank sheet of paper, and fold it lengthwise down the center.  On one side, write all the things you can think of that you would gain if you started taking really good care of your health.  If you exercised daily and cleaned up your eating.  More energy, better sleep, better sex, feelings of self-love, a new wardrobe, etc.

On the other side, write all the things you can think of that will happen if you don’t take better care of yourself.  Shorter life span, less energy, higher risk of cancer and heart disease, irritability, low self esteem, etc.

Now…place this list right next to your bedside.  Read it before you go to sleep, and convince yourself that you want more of what’s on the left, and less of what’s on the right.  When your alarm goes off, and you start to reach for the snooze button, go over the list again in your mind.

Remember, just this one workout will put you closer to the pleasure and further from the pain!

You may have to do this several mornings in a row. I have to do it sometimes, even after this has been a way of life for me for over 30 years!  But it’s a helpful tool.  Give it a try for the next five days and watch what happens when you realize that you’re back on the program, and moving your body and feeling great is now a way of life!

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