Have you ever attempted to give up something in order to be more healthy?
When applied to food, drink, TV etc. this is a commonly accepted practice (how helpful those attempts are is a whole other topic). However, when it comes to exercise we often feel the pressure to “never give up!”.
Does your body feel weighed down when you think about exercise?
Is your exercise routine constantly pushing your limits, setting you up for injury?
Are you feeling more tired overall then before you started this routine?
Are you missing out on important things in your life?
Do you rarely exercise because it’s so not fun?
What would happen if you gave up on exercise that you don’t enjoy? Or that isn’t, at the least, giving you direct skills to do other activities you enjoy?
What feelings come up when you think about giving up your current exercise plan? Relief? Fear? A mix?
I adore this bike!
This bike is what I got for giving up.
In this post here I share about overcoming some mountain biking challenges by facing a fear and preparing my body. It was a great experience. But what about the rest of the story?
I didn’t bike much after that.
Thankfully my husband suggested that a different type of bike would be more comfortable and fun for me. So we went looking and found the bike pictured above. It was instant love!
I love how my back feels because I can sit up straight and still reach the handle bars. The ease of standing up straight on the peddles while still solidly holding the handle bars when going downhill, fresh air blowing into my face. And more!
Does this bike do well on mountain bike trails? No. Truth is I don’t really like mountain biking. It was great that I gave it a shot and overcame some fears and gained some skills. But it feels really good to just say “it’s not for me” and give up!
We don’t always have to conquer our fears or push for what challenges us the most. Sometimes the greatest benefit comes from giving up. Ya know what? I bike a whole lot more now! 🙂
What exercise are you trying to talk yourself into?
Sometimes it’s so worth it to work through our fears and prove to ourselves we are up the challenge! But I also see us pushing when we don’t need to. When it’s not in our best interest to!
There are so many many ways to move and strengthen our bodies. Changing things up could make a night and day difference! Why not try something different?
Are you pushing because you enjoy it or want to get to the skill level so you can enjoy it? Or simply because you think you should? Being honest about this doesn’t mean you have to take drastic action right away if you don’t want to.
Does giving up feel too scary or are you feeling torn about whether you truly want to do this activity? Some minor tweaks may be all it takes:
~ Try different equipment (like I did with the bike)
~ Find a new location or different teacher/trainer
~ Slow down the movements or shorten the sessions
~ Talk with a trainer to help you modify it to meet you where you are
~ Try something new just 1 day a week or take just a few minutes from each workout to try something a little different.
~ Add music
~ Find a partner
~ Change the time of day
If something feels off but you aren’t sure what to change I’d be happy to chat with you, free of cost and pressure, and see if we can find some ways for you to pivot and test. Grab some tea and we’ll hope on the phone or video chat! Sign up for a tea and exploration session here.