The Win-Win Special ENDS at MIDNIGHT

The Win-Win Special ENDS at MIDNIGHT tonight.

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  1. Make a $45 tax deductible donation to the Enjoy Life Education scholarship fund by the end of today, April 22, 2019.
  2. Email me the receipt at janet@ExercisingWELL.com.
  3. I will send you a coupon code to receive your first month of the Exercising WELL coaching program FREE.

 

Help a teen get more out of life through the

 The Enjoy Life Education Leadership Academy.

Get more out of exercise, so you get more out of life with 

Exercising WELL Coaching Program

 

Win through Mindfulness

It’s pay-it-forward week at Exercising WELL and we are running a Win/Win Special.   From now until April 22nd, 2019, when you donate $45 to the Enjoy Life Education scholarship fund, you get your first month of the Exercising WELL Coaching Program FREE.  

The research on the benefits of mindfulness is wide-reaching and overwhelmingly convincing. We all can benefit from more mindfulness skills1. Teens growing up in this distractible world need it more than ever. As adults, we need mindfulness to adapt to this age of technology and distractions.

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Enjoy Life Leadership Academy

A major component of the leadership academy is reminding students to live in the now. Students are constantly reminded to be present and encouraged to adopt strategies in their daily life to remember to make the most of each moment. The best part is that it’s done in a way that is fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable so students genuinely embrace living with more mindful presence.

Exercising WELL Coaching Program

Since your body only operates in the present moment, exercising with mindfulness is the only way to know how to exercise. Because so many of the reasons we exercise are for future rewards, such as weight loss, it is easy to think that exercise is just something to ‘get through’ so you can check it off the to do list. Yet, this how we miss the most valuable tool—the wisdom of our own Inner Trainer. Check out how one Exercising WELL member describes her newfound enjoyment of exercise with mindfulness: “I had a sense of joy while walking up a hill this week. I just felt strong and right and totally absorbed in the great walk, no distraction trying to take the hill. It was almost an exhilarating feeling. Definitely well-being.” Through Exercising WELL ,you learn how to use your Inner Trainer to be self-guided through mindful-presence and exercise becomes a whole new, more enjoyable, AND more motivating experience.

  1. The Science of Mindfulness by Dainel Siegel, Mindful

How to drop the ‘should’ in exercise

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If we know we should exercise, why do we struggle with it? The answer is complex, but as I said in my last blog series there is one word in that statement that changes everything. ‘Should’ makes exercise an externally-imposed activity with future results. Why does that matter so much? Your brain’s job is to pay attention to what is most important to you right now, what will keep you well right now.

Yet those of us in the healthy-person business keep telling you all the great reasons why you should get more exercise.

Exercise regularly to reduce your risk of

  • colon cancer by over 60%
  • recurrent breast cancer by approximately 50%
  • Alzheimer’s disease by approximately 40%
  • heart disease by approximately 40%
  • type II diabetes by 50%
  • death from any cause (overall mortality) by 40% 1

No matter how powerful these statements are, they are not enough to keep you motivated now. When you are feeling tired at the end of a long day or overwhelmed by too many things on your to do list or comfortable in your bed when the alarm goes off, what you ‘should’ do does not hold much power. What is ‘good for you’ at some point in the future just does not get top billing compared to these more immediate challenges to your well-being.

In the last blog, I simplified all the science-based factors for self-motivation into the Exercise Motivation Equation.

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What is important right now and doable right now will be most motivating right now. The trick is keeping exercise important and doable in the present moment.

Step one: Importance. When businesses are clear about the company’s core values, know their ‘why’, and communicate it well, they are more successful at motivating you to buy what they are selling.2  This not only works for successful companies, it works for successful individuals. This is why a personal coaching call is the first step in my Exercising WELL program. When we use a coaching conversation to clarify your well-being Vision and uncover your most value-driven Why for exercise, you’ll find your self-motivation for exercise ramps up.  In the coaching conversation, we transform exercise from a ‘should’ to a ‘want to’.

Once you know your Why for exercise, you are ready to discover what is most doable for your body and life now.

Step two: Doable. When your brain knows exercise will leave you feeling better now, it will want to do it. But knowing how to exercise in the way that is right for your body right now, rather than for the body you want in the future is not so easy. Many of the marketable future-based results like melting fat, having long lean muscles, and enjoying toned arms are not even doable because they ignore the natural laws of the body. Other results like six pack abs, reaching a goal weight, or completing a fitness challenge only distract from your Why.

Once you know how to move in the way your body was designed and are focused on what you can do now, exercise will immediately make you feel better right now.

In my next blog series, I’ll talk about the Real-time Results of exercise. When you know what is happening in your body with exercise now, you have the best chance of knowing how to get the results that are most important for you now, and leave you feeling better now.

Rethink this Week: Take a moment to explore your Why for exercise. Ask yourself ‘why is exercise important to me?’ Now, ask yourself ‘why is that important to me right now’ four more times. This seems a bit silly—repeating the question—but it is based on the well-established process of Motivational Interviewing3. Asking the question repeatedly, and answering it thoughtfully, will get you closer to the most value-driven reason for exercising. This is your Why. It is the deepest source of energy for your motivation in the present moment. With this motivation energy, you will be ready to use the Real-time Results of exercise that are most important to you to stay out of the ‘shoulds’ and in the ‘want tos’ for exercise. This process is more effective in a coaching conversation but doing this for yourself is a great way to get started with getting to your Why.

Enjoy Exercising WELL,

Janet

 

  1. Exercise is Medicine 
  2. Simon Sinek TED talk
  3. Instant Influence, by Michael Pantelon, PhD 

How goal setting can drain exercise motivation

Have you ever wondered why movies like Rocky, Karate Kid, A league of Their Own and Field of Dreams are timelessly popular? Why sporting events draw huge crowds and TV ratings?   We do love a good story about pushing the mind and body to it’s limit, overcoming all odds to reach a goal, don’t we? It is so exciting and inspiring!

We often connect exercise with reaching a goal, like weight loss or running a marathon.   Goal are motivating.  They make life exciting and challenge us to grow to discover new strengths.  

Even with all this inspiration from goals, somehow exercise motivation is still a struggle.  Exercising to be healthy and well is a no-brainer. Why don’t we ‘just do it’?   This is the 20 Billion dollar question! Thanks to neuroscience, we have some answers. It starts with this goals mindset. 

Goals take you from point A to point B.

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With big goals, you would set smaller goals to keep you motivated along the way.   Goals are, by definition, temporary.  The sacrifices you make to get to that goal are tolerable because you know they are not forever.  You can suffer through the discomfort, knowing the celebration is coming at the end.   That grit of enduring challenges, the test of will, the digging deep for personal strength is part of the excitement.  It keeps us riveted at the movies and sitting on the edge of our seat at sporting events, and pushing ourselves until we get to our goal.

The downslide is, using goals for exercise motivation means:

  • your motivation is dependent on making progress
  • you are more likely to ignore signals from your body while pushing toward a goal
  • some other things in life get put on hold while working toward your goal
  • what you do to reach a goal, does not build the skills for lasting change
  • when the goal ends, so will your motivation

This approach can work, but it requires a lot of mental energy.  With a goals mindset, you are more likely to be an all-or-nothing type of exerciser.  This is why goal setting drains motivation in the long run.  

Is your main reason for exercising to be healthy and well for a lifetime?  If so, there is no point B.  You never want it to end.  Save goal setting for the results you want from exercise that are temporary.  For the results you want all the time, you need a different mindset, one that taps into your natural and more sustainable motivation. In the next blog, I will explain how.  

Whole-heartedly,

Janet

PS:  Have you had enough with being an all-or-noting exerciser?   My Exercising WELL coaching program is designed to guide and support you through shifting to a more sustainable way of exercising.  Take advantage of the amazing introductory offer only available until January 31. For only $85 you get a coaching call with me, an email-based online program, and personalized weekly email coaching! Rates will never be this low again!  Click here for more information.  

Ready for some motivation inspiration?

Ready for somemotivation inspiration?We’ve been exploring what drains and what sustains motivation for exercise, but we know that information does not automatically lead to motivation. Lasting change is a process and changing your mindset about exercise and motivation takes time and practice.

How do I know? First because the science of change has shown that change does not happen overnight—it is a process and it happens in stages. Second, because I have been through this process with many people struggling specifically with motivation for exercise.

Based on what I have learned over the past three decades, I am creating tools for you to use this blend of science and experience to create your sustainable exercise motivation. If you have spent long enough draining your motivation for exercise with trying to be ‘good’ and do what you should do, wasted too much time and money on gadgets and intense programs to keep you motivated, click here to sign up for my email list.

I’ll soon be sharing some free tools for understanding motivation and clearing the motivation drains because I want you to discover how possible it is to keep yourself motivated. These tools for more reliable and sustainable ways to get what you want from exercise are only available to those on my list, so sign up today.

Whole-heartedly,

Janet 🙂