As I transformed my life from Super-Sedentary to Active,
I tried my best to cultivate a positive mental association with exercise rather than a negative one.
I knew that if I constantly used Will-Power to force rigorous, unpleasant workouts, I would not have the mental stamina or the Desire continue them for a lifetime.
My goal, was to create a long term lifestyle change, not a seasonal one.
Fitness challenges can be good but they are temporary unless they are a springboard to something permanent. I personally have found that I continue what I enjoy...and
I eventually stop what I don't. Period. So, for me it has been Priority One to keep the exercise experience positive.
For example, when I run I try to maintain a smile. I work myself hard,
but not so hard that I dread the next run.
I find the negative emotional association of dread,
is counter-productive to my long-term fitness goals.
This goes for any kind of training with me. I do resistance training because it helps me maintain my lean muscle & bone mass as I age. But I do this as a part of my daily life,
not as a workout designed to make me miserable.
The result for me has been that my body Now..
just Loves to move... It just does
- it did not before but NOW it does.
Because movement has proven to be an enjoyable experience and my brain remembers that.
For example, I did Burpees before bedtime the other night just for fun. Not because I had to, but because my brain was like:
“Hey Teresa, wouldn't it be cool to do Burpees?"
I also stand on a balance ball and lift weights in front of the TV because it is much more entertaining, to me, than sitting on the couch.