Exercise – Punishment or Pleasure?

I don’t know about you, but I have a history of finding something I enjoy and then totally overdoing it.
Example: As a kid, I loved chicken satay. I ate it all the time. One day, I ate two portions (no that doesn’t seem too extreme, but the satay sauce was served in a bowl. So I had essentially a litre of creamy, greasy peanut sauce). I was violently sick everywhere, and haven’t eaten it since. Shock.
Fast forward to being a teenager and discovering the fitness world. I went through a dark patch, like we all do, and exercise really pulled me through it. It gave me structure, made me feel good and actually was my life line. So what did I do? I overdid it. I exercised too much, I let it rule my life, I allowed it to take over, until along the way, I stopped enjoying it and it became another stick to beat myself with.
Can you relate??
Maybe your story is with alcohol, food, relationships – trust me, I’ve been through them all.

Now life is different, and I teach my clients the same message.

I do not need to tell you the benefits of exercise. You know that its great for your muscles, your bones, your heart, mental health… the list goes on.
Understandably, not everyone likes to exercise. Gyms are an unforgiving place, there are mirrors everywhere, judgemental and unkind eyes on you, and let’s be honest it can be pretty boring too. When I stopped going to a gym environment, and stopped listening to what everyone else thought I should do for my body, THAT was when I started to enjoy moving.
As soon as there is mention of ‘calorie burn’ or ‘getting beach body ready’, instantly what you’re doing changes from pleasure to punishment.
For many people, exercise is just that. New rules, manipulating your body, pushing harder, going faster. What really is your intention to move?
How would you feel if maybe you didn’t move? Would you feel out of control? Relieved? Maybe just the thought of it makes you feel instantly uncomfortable.
That’s okay. No one is judging you. But if that is the case, just know that you are not the only one! And it’s okay if you don’t want to change anything right now, just as it’s okay to want to change right now.

Help is here and ready when you need it.

Much love