Love exerciseNever fallen in love with exercise?

Or do you long to love it again?

Either way there is hope!

Many times I feel like a matchmaker. I assist clients in finding an approach to exercise they can fall in love with.  When they do, their face lights up, just like they found Mr. or Ms. Right!

The challenges that eat away at a healthy relationship with exercise are either seen as just silly excuses or as unmovable mountains.

So, if you are frustrated because you feel lazy, not motivated or find yourself making excuses- you are not alone.  Have hope, there are solutions that work.

“No Pain No Gain, Right?”  No one would argue that no pain, no gain is no fun!  With the exception of exercising with arthritis, exercise should not hurt.

Let me repeat that – exercise should not hurt!

Even with arthritis, the pain should be the “normal” arthritis pain not the “uh oh! I’ve done too much” pain.   We can push through pain for a while, telling ourselves it is actually good for us.  Eventually, we find something better to do with our time.

The solution lies in finding the right type of exercise, using proper alignment and form, progressing a program at the appropriate rate, and incorporating simple strengthening and stretching exercises.

“Someone might see me”  If you avoid exercise because you are uncomfortable around others, you are not alone!   It’s OK to skip the gym and exercise at home alone if you just are not ready to exercise around other people.

“I can’t exercise”  Fear of injury, heart attack, or pain often ends in a blanket statement of “I can’t exercise”.  Certainly we need to listen to reality based fears – they keep us safe.

Generally, it is much safer to exercise than to be sedentary.  When we find the right type and amount of exercise most people CAN exercise.  The true barrier is lack of knowledge of how to keep exercise safe and appropriate for a given health issue.  The power of this knowledge unleashes natural motivation.

“I’m just lazy”  This is often very real barriers disguised as laziness.

Getting enough sleep is essential for enjoying exercise.  Exercise can improve sleep quality. Try some light to moderate exercise in the morning or afternoon to see if it helps with sleep issues.

However, if you have sleep issues, like sleep apnea, get them under control before setting big goals for exercise

Mental and physical fatigue can feel the same.   Try 10 minutes of light to moderate exercise. If your energy increases, it was mental fatigue and movement is a cure. If you feel more tired, it is physical fatigue.  Try several small bouts a day until endurance is improved and look into other causes of physical fatigue.

“If I could just do _____ again”.   Goals based on the past leave us in a vicious cycle of all or nothing with exercise.  Goals need to be updated to account for changes in ability, stage of life, environment, time available, resources, etc.  It doesn’t mean you can’t get back to an activity.  Starting where you are will get you where you want to go.

“I don’t know what to do”  Learning how to exercise the right way is not easy.  There are so many exercise programs based upon myths, sports training, assumptions, or folk-lore. It can be difficult to know what is the right way to exercise.

Truth is, you are the best expert on your body.  Tap into two reliable resources – learn from an exercise professional and listen to what is right for your body right now

“I can’t afford a gym membership” All the infomercials and latest exercise fads lead us to believe exercise is expensive. Movement is free and requires very little if any equipment.  Your dedication to sticking with it is your most important resource.

Together we can create a strong relationship so you and your exercise plan can live healthfully ever after!

May You Be Well,


Janet Huehls, MS