Why Do You Find It So Hard to Workout?

Do you find that going to the gym is a time that you dread each day? Perhaps you do like the idea of starting a new exercise routine, but your enthusiasm doesn’t stick to the end of the week. You’ve even tried wearing your gym outfit to bed so that you can get up and head straight to the gym in the morning. Whatever brain hacks you may try to get yourself to go don’t work. If you hate working out, what are you doing wrong?

It’s not you, and it’s not even the exercise

Recent studies have revealed that aversion to exercise has very little to do with exercise itself. The problem could be, instead, that you think of the gym as a way to lose weight. You get on the scale each morning, choose workouts based on how much calories burn they allow, and go with rigid exercise schedules that are no fun. You even constantly think of the gym as a way to get rid of your flaws. Psychological research has revealed that motivation that comes from these approaches simply don’t work. Not only do they fail to motivate, but they also take away whatever motivation you may have to begin.

Stop being so negative

A study, called Effects of Weight Stigma on Exercise Motivation and Behavior, has found that focusing negatively on your appearance and body shaming yourself into getting some exercise is the main problem. According to the study, the more the subjects disliked the way their bodies were, the more they hated exercise, and the less they actually went to the gym. There are other studies that have found that there is a negative correlation between the amount of weight stigma that a person experiences, and their ability to use it as motivation to go to the gym.

The idea is this: If you want to get enough exercise, you need to stop focusing on how your body looks.

Start exercising because you like it

When you think of getting exercise for your physical appearance, you only idealize slim figures the way they often are. It is something that makes the weight stigma even worse in your mind. When you use shame as motivation, it simply doesn’t work. Stigma makes for externally driven motivation. When you work out because you like it, your mind naturally feels better about it.

What should you do?

Every time that you tell yourself that you need to exercise in order to look better, your mind only hears that your body doesn’t look good right now. Instead, go exercise because it’s enjoyable. Exercise can improve your health, make you feel better and keep your brain sharp. When you only think about exercise for what it feels like at the moment, you feel much better about it, and you will never want to skip it.

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