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February 2012 Tip of The Month

Category: General
Exercise Motivation Part 3: Move a Muscle, Change a Thought

It's not hard to exercise; it's hard to start exercising. For the chalk talk on how to painlessly get more exercise in each week than you ever have before, Read More:

You're not going to believe how simple this is. You may even be insulted at the suggestion and ask yourself, "am I really this easy to motivate?" After having conducted over 15,000 training sessions myself with hundreds of clients, I can emphatically say yes, you are... and so am I.

Here's the tip: Define your commitment of exercise to be greater than or equal or to only one minute of ____________. Fill in the blank with walking, running or whatever it is you're doing for exercise these days.

Here's how it works: I had a super busy day this past Tuesday, Valentine's Day. My thought process went something like this: "I'm way too busy to exercise today. If I take the time to get all the exercise I need, I am going to miss the deadline on some key stuff for work to say nothing about not having time for the extra Valentine's Day activities. But... my commitment is just for greater than or equal to 1 minute. I can definitely do 1 minute. Yeah, yeah, I can do one minute, no problemo. Now I am starting on my one minute of a power walk and by the time I think 30 seconds has gone by, I look at my watch and notice that it's somewhat over 2 minutes already. Now I'm starting to experience the ‘move a muscle, change a thought' phenomenon that happens every time anyone engages in this process. Now I'm thinking a little bit more clearly and with a little less anxiety about my other obligations and realize I can probably get away with 36 minutes without doing any damage. I do the 36 minutes, completely re-energize and in short order when I get back to the office, I finish every item on my to- do list way faster than I had at first expected and was on time for an enjoyable Valentine's dinner out."

And really, all of this can be done in the convenience of your own home. For more on this, check out our TV spot on NBC 30.

Remember, Wellness... Works!