Is your brain discouraging you from exercise?
Exercise- be it the sweat producing cardio of a Zumba class or the muscle-lengthening burn of Yoga, your body needs it and we all know it. Now, do we do it? That's another question and why or why not?
A recent study, written about here, discusses how, in layman's terms, once our bodies become overweight or obese, they want to stay that way. And how, if a person has a lean build and exercises, his body also wants to stay that way. In the last few years the term "skinny-fat" has come about. This study is not about those people. It shows, ultimately, that a body that exercises wants to keep exercising, and while that desire might come more naturally to an already fit person, there's nothing that stops us from becoming a fit person, as long as we understand "fit" is not one size fits all.
And how! I don't know about you, but I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I'm clumsy and prefer books and it led me to shy away from sports as a kid. It didn't set me up for good habits until I took control and started monitoring my health when I had children. And I can exercise and eat right until I'm blue in the face and the weight does not want to come off willingly.
So what does one do if you are like me? I've learned to embrace healthy eating and daily exercise, not as a chore, but as a blessing. I'm not fast and I'm not graceful, but I have a body that has to keep moving non-stop and good living is the only way I can do it. Also I'm done fighting my body. It wants to be healthy and I just have to let it, although let's be clear. I am no goddess of fitness or health but instead just an average woman tired of the diet hamster wheel.
What about you? Do you struggle with your weight? Are you a lean person or an overweight person? How do you overcome the obstacle of not wanting to exercise? Comment below!