If the majority of us were honest, we would say that on a scale of one to ten, the natural desire to exercise would be at a negative 80. Yet, if we were equally as honest, we would have to admit that after we engage in exercise of any form, we feel awesome and invigorated; and, for that brief post-exercise moment, the same scale would jump to a positive 80.
So why is it that our exercise resolutions wax and wane on a constant basis? The most basic reason is that we have been bombarded with negative affirmations of how hard and “non-fun” exercise is, and that we have to endure it for the positive effects that we will gain in our health and well-being.
Endorphins are physically produced during strenuous exercise and cause you to feel an incredible sense of well-being. Yet, even with this invigorated feeling, it still hasn’t changed people’s exercise habits!
If there were an ability to remember the refreshing and amazing feelings of well-being that are experienced after exercise, we’d all be going to the gym every day. That is where positive exercise affirmations will be your most supportive workout partner. By correctly utilizing these positive exercise affirmations on a daily basis, you will exercise with enjoyable conviction.
Setting Real, Achievable Exercise Goals
To begin with, it is necessary to define the goals that you wish to achieve before you begin, ensuring your success is based on realistic and achievable milestones. Next, you need to realize that positive exercise affirmations, just like any positive affirmations, need to be tailored to who you are in order for them to be successful. In other words, an individual who puts on their t-shirt, shorts and sneakers and hits the pavement to run for an hour needs to understand their own needs, otherwise negative affirmations will swirl through their body and mind, such as: “My legs hurt! I can’t breathe! I can’t do this! Am I there yet?” Negative exercise affirmations can cause your mind to find any excuse to stop altogether.
On the other hand, the individual who puts on a wet suit and water shoes, then grabs a paddle and kayak and hits the river for two hours repeating to himself: “I love the peace and quiet of the river. I enjoy the rhythm of each stroke through the water. I can hear my heart and lungs in happy rhythm together as they get stronger!” These are positive exercise affirmations and this same individual will find other forms of “exercise” to fulfill their life.
Free Positive Affirmations Examples
Some more free positive affirmations to help you achieve your goal for exercise balance are as follows:
• I enjoy listening to the sound of my beating heart in exercise. With each beat, it strengths.
• I love the feel of the pavement beneath my running shoes. I feel strong and in control.
• I enjoy listening to the beautiful sounds of nature as I walk around the block.
• I love the wind against my face as I jog around my neighborhood.
• I cherish the time I spend making my body stronger for life.