Learn how to stay with exercise

Now that school is back in session and our fall routines have started this is a great time to get back to exercise.  I know that today in Toronto will be the hottest day of the year at 32 degree but the cooler weather will come soon enough.

Most of us don't think about what motivates us to exercise and what stops us from exercising.  Thinking through our barriers and triggers when it comes to exercise will help us form an exercise plan that we will actually do.

Sit quietly for 10 minutes and think through these questions:

  1. What stops me from exercising?
    Vintage Fitness clients often say things like rain, no time or pain to this question.  We work to make a go-to rainy day plans, create short effective workouts for time strapped people and modify exercise to manage pain.
  2. What motivates me to exercise?
    A friend of mine bought a Pilates reformer machine to use in her basement.  She loves Pilates, knows how to use the machine and couldn't figure out why it was gathering dust unused in the basement.  We talked about what motivates her to exercise and she said connecting with friends.  For her being social motivated her to exercise and so exercise equipment in the basement was the wrong choice.  For someone that is time strapped and needs more time on their own then it could be a perfect solution.
  3. What will exercise help me to do in my life?
    If you don't link exercise to something that is important in your life it  becomes an easy thing to de-prioritize.  Create an exercise goal that has real meaning to you such as getting ready for a big trip, dancing at your grandkids wedding or maybe running your first marathon at 50.

If you have questions about learning how to stay with exercise drop me a note erin@vintagefitness.ca

Vintage Fitness is an at home personal training company in Toronto for people over 50

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