Does this sound familiar? You know exercise is good for you, but you struggle to be successful at it. You see that some people are successful at it, though, so why is it so easy for them? In this series I am going to share with you four science-based solutions to your struggles with exercise.
But first, let’s talk about why the common approaches to exercise make it harder to be successful.
Does success with exercise mean you
- reached your goal weight?
- see results (e.g., muscle definition)?
- completed a 5K?
Any one of these would certainly would be considered success in our culture.
But here is the twist: brain and body science tells us this way of thinking actually makes it harder to be successful over time.
Exercise scientists, through thousands of studies, have discovered the ways to exercise to improve fitness and health in a lasting way. Neuroscientists have discovered how the brain changes when something becomes a habit. Yet these have nothing to do with how long you can plank or how many calories you burn or if you can run a 5K.
In fact, what scientists know about lasting exercise success is missing in the most popular exercise programs. To make it worse, common ways to motivate for exercise, such as fitness challenges, or goal setting, can actually sabotage the creation of habits in the brain.
Clearly, our ways of thinking about exercise have steered us away from what scientists have discovered works for exercise success. For real exercise success, we must blend what we know works for the body with what we know works for the brain with what is most important to you.
In the next sessions, we will do just that. You will learn what science tells us works, how to spot the ways we stray from this, and rethink your way to your own version of exercise success.
Until then, take a moment to ask yourself, what does exercise success mean to me?
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