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Motivation and De-motivation

Yesterday was the last day of my Healthy Living 101 class at the Cayuga Center for Healthy Living. The last day was about how exercise is very good for you and you should exercise for 30-60 minutes every day to improve your health.

That is a pretty simple message. try to exercise for 30-60 minutes every day. It's good for you. I can do that.

Then I read today's post on Get Rich Slowly Make the Choice Not to Decay. It included a simple list of things to do called Harry’s Rules. The first three rules were:
"1. Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life. Don’t think of it as exercise. Think of it as sending a constant ‘grow’ message…as telling your body to get stronger, more limber, functionally younger, in the only language your body understands. Do it because it’s the only thing that works.
2. Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life. Hard aerobics, working up a good sweat, is our favorite exercise rhythm because [it] brings out our youngest and best biology: strong, fast, energetic, and optimistic all day long. Tell your body it’s springtime.
3. Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life. Generally, we aren’t aware of nerve decay as we get older, but it’s the main reason our joints wear out, our muscles get sloppy, and our ability to be physically alert and powerful begins to fade. And it is reversible with strength training."

This was intimidating. I can see trying to do some exercise for 30-60 minutes every day. But Harry's Rules are scary and overwhelming. They triggered an anxiety attack. If I have to commit do all this for The Rest Of My Life! I just can't do it. I might as well just lie down and die right now.

Which just goes to show that what some people find motivating, other people do not. I need gentle non-threatening little steps. Try to do something, anything, for 30-60 minutes every day, is ok. Do All This Or You Are Going To Die! is just too much for me. I can't do it. The thought of dieing is less scary to me than the thought of doing "serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of my life! It's just too much. I can't commit the rest of my life. I can barely commit today.

One Day At A Time is a good slogan.

Comments

I agree....looking at 30-60 minutes (which can be broken up into intervals of activity) is totally do-able and what my g/f is having to do now. She was basically told exercise moderately everyday, or possibly lose your leg. So yeah...she's going to move her ass now. But saying you have to aerobically exercise 4 times a week and lift weights 2 times a week....or you will apparently keel over dead soon! This is a bit hard-core here....I understand the basic idea, but the approach is terrible. You do need to lift weights 2-3 times a week, since otherwise muscles atrophy...OK, that I know. You should work up a sweat a couple of days a week....totally know that as well. Telling my body it's springtime everyday is a bit ridiculous.