Don’t Feel Like Exercising? 3 Steps To Get You Off The Couch
How to clear out the emotional weight that stops you from working up a sweat.
The next time you feel yourself sinking into the couch, unable to summon the desire to move, try the following three steps:
STEP 1: Accept how you feel
STEP 2: Thwack out your negativity
Grab a hand towel, knot it at one end, get yourself into a private place (like your bathroom) and start thwacking a pillow with the towel. With each thwack, say out loud:
“I don’t want to exercise right now!”
Keep thwacking and repeating these words, until you feel a shift, a sense of relief. (I’ve seen many people reach this “shift” in about 30 seconds. You’ll know it, when it happens.)
STEP 3: Say “thanks, body.”
After you’ve thanked your body several times, give your body one more big dose of gratitude. This is the big one. Make it count:
“Dear body: I’m so grateful for you. I’ve shown you through my words. Now, I’m going to show you through my actions. I’m going to exercise, now.”
Say the words aloud.
Then close your eyes and take a few breaths. Think to yourself, “I can do this. I want to do this. I’m going to do this.”
Then open your eyes. And go do it.
Full article posted by Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on May 13, 2015 in “All Grown Up” (Psychology Today).