You Thinking About Becoming Active?
It’s the New Year! Are you
contemplating getting active as one of your New Year’s resolutions? If you are
a true contemplator then your list of cons outweighs your list of pros. You
have a little voice inside that says “Exercise” but another speaks up and says
“Oh the couch feels so good.” You know that you should exercise but you can’t
get started. You may have been active in the past but have slumped into
inactivity. This is called ambivalence. You constantly weigh the pros and
cons. On the one hand, you know that you should exercise. You have a family
history of heart disease, and at the last doctor’s appointment your cholesterol
was a little elevated and the doctor told you to exercise more. But on the
other hand you can’t seem to fit it into your day. It’s too cold outside to do
anything active, you lack energy and you don’t like doing exercise by yourself.
In order to get unstuck from
contemplation you must ensure that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
Here are some tips to move you to the next stage. Write down all the pros and
cons for being active. From the list of pros select a short-term goal. Maybe
you just want to have more energy and to feel better. Think about an activity
that you enjoy and how you might include it as part of your day. Do you have a
friend who might enjoy the same activity?
You may have to take a shift in
your attitude and stop thinking about the “e” word (exercise) as a sweaty and
uncomfortable activity. Think how you can fit more activity into your day by
taking the stairs, walking to visit a friend, cutting down on the amount of time
that you watch TV, being active with your family, or walking the dog,
Think of ways to celebrate
along the way. It is important to start slow. When you have accomplished your
goal don’t forget to reward yourself. Pat yourself on the back and congratulate
yourself for having accomplished your goal. Enjoy and have fun!
1440 Minutes in a Day. Be Active for 30. Extend Your Life.
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