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Does Exercise Feel Too Hard? You Need to Watch This!


If you’ve ever said to yourself “I’ll exercise tomorrow” and then when tomorrow comes your day gets eaten up by emails, sleep, work, or household chores and anything under the sun to avoid moving your body, this is for you.


If exercise feels like a punishment and a chore we want to help change your mind so that you can reap the numerous benefits of ‘exercise’ or moving your body.


Watch Dr. Rob show you why you need to change your perspective on exercise!



Thinking about exercise in a negative way; “it’s sweaty, it’s hard, I don’t like it”, is a sure-fire way to put it at the top of your list of things to avoid.


There are numerous benefits to exercising or moving your body like increased flexibility, better concentration, more energy, and better overall health. Picking one of these benefits to focus on can help you change your association with exercise to something more positive.


It’s easy to fall into thinking that working out should only be about changing your body and losing weight but there’s so much more! Try thinking about every time you move your body as a way to create movement in your life. You’re becoming a better learner, a stronger parent or partner, or a happier person. Associating exercise with a positive outcome means you’re much more likely to keep at it.


Here are FOUR more tricks to change your thinking about exercise:

Commit to Just 5 Minutes

Sometimes you need to throw out what your idea of what counts as a workout. It’s not 30 minutes or no minutes, even 5 minutes of exercise counts. If you commit to squeezing in 5-10 minutes of movement like a quick walk to the end of the street and back, a dance party to your favourite song, or a quick YouTube workout (we suggest this 7 minute workout from Dr. Rob!). You may find that once you get started it’s easy to keep going. The hardest part is starting!


Go for Good Enough

Not every workout needs to be an amazing heart-racing exercise. Embrace the idea that moving your body, however you can manage that day, is good enough. A mediocre workout is better than no workout at all. Even a crappy workout is better than none. Some days you just aren’t feeling 100 percent about working out, but if you did it, it’s perfect!


Get A Friend Involved

Sometimes we need a little external motivation and if you know someone is counting on you, you may be more inclined to stick with exercise. Using friends or even an online group can change the game for you. It’s a great way to meet new people or bond with current friends.


Set Yourself Up for Success

Planning to workout tomorrow? Lay out the clothes and shoes you’re  going to wear so that they’re the first thing you see in the morning. Make it easy for yourself to slip into the right gear and bang out a workout first thing. If you leave it until the end of the day you may be more inclined to skip exercise than if you did it first thing in the morning. Adding a block of time into your calendar to workout can also help set you up for success.


Let us know in the comments what you want to associate exercise with!


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