In your mind, rehearse what you want to do. It maybe swimming, playing ball, running around with the dog, having fun with the kids whatever it maybe, you will believe you can do. When it comes to the real thing, you are more likely to find it a lot easier than just going out and giving it a go. It could be even something more adventurous like kayaking. If so, sit on the floor and act as if you are sitting in a real kayak on the water and pick up the oars and start stroking the water. If you really put your mind to it and make it feel real, when you actually go out there, it will not feel so daunting.
Take Baby Steps
You may want to take up walking, jogging, weights etc. If it is anything that involves increment increasing always make sure to take baby steps, it is not a race. Just like a car, we have to change gears to increase speed, it is impossible to go from 0 to 100km without increasing speed. Well this analogy goes for the same with our bodies. For example, start off with a 5 minute walk, next time increase to 6 mins and so on. The same with strength training. When starting out with weights, make sure to start with the lightest weight possible and then when you do 2 sets of 12 reps each then move up to a slightly heavier weight.
Write down the Pros and Cons of moving your body and not moving your body. How would you feel if you did move your body and how would you feel if you didn’t? How much more fun could you have if you moved your body a little more than last week? How would you feel if you moved your body a little less than last week? Think and feel what it would be like to move your body and write it down.
Write down your triumphs
Write down if you have tried something new, if you have moved more than you have before, or more than the week before. Write how it made you feel, how it will make you feel if you do a little more.
Use Positive Acknowledgments
Use self talk influences and prize your self esteem for job well done. You deserve a pat on the back. Get excited about moving. Write little notes about how excited you are to move your body and stick on your mirror/computer screen. Write notes about how good you feel and how much fun you are having.
Listen to the beat
It is very hard to listen to upbeat music and not feel good. So why not put on your favourite upbeat tunes to move your body to. It might when you are vacuuming the floors, going for a walk or simply do chores around the home.
Focus on the enjoyable bits
When you are moving your body, be mindful to focus on the enjoyable bits , its so much more fun. If you find yourself skipping and enjoying it, write it down so you remember in the future what makes you happy to move your body. You might enjoy throwing the ball with your dog, focus on it and think about how much fun you are having doing it.
And remember… Always, cut yourself some slack
It’s not about moving all the time. Some days, you may just not be up to moving. Don’t beat yourself up about it, it’s ok, it happens from time to time. We are not going to feel brilliant all the time. I am sure everybody has off days. You miss a day of not moving, so what? It’s what you do most of the time, not what you occasionally. Because you now know how much fun it is to move your body, you will want to get on the bandwagon as soon as you can.
Happy, Fun Moving everybody!