My Secret Weapon for Exercising
Many love exercising.
Many do it because they know they should.
Many do it so they can eat what they want.
Here’s a thought. What would happen if you told an exerciser they could not exercise? Think they would gain weight? Probably not. They might even lose weight. Research indicates there’s a subconscious part of us that knows or calculates how much to eat.
With exercise it’s not surprising people eat more…often it’s the thought, “I deserve this!”
Back to our topic…
Are you rockin’ your workout clothes?
Think about the last time you bought something new and felt terrific. You knew you were rocking it, didn’t you? What about workout clothes? I don’t mean clothes to wear at the fitness center, but something for any time you’re physically active…even a simple walk or jog in the neighborhood. I remember spin classes years ago. It took me a year to commit before finally buying cycle shoes. What a notable difference it made.
When you are physically active what do you wear? Old sweats and T-shirt? If so, time to change the wardrobe. Spiff it up.
Exercise clothes can be expensive but what’s wrong with Target or Walmart? What about a consignment store? I love them! My favorite is Clotheshorse Anonymous in Dallas. Oh my gosh, I’ve bought amazing workout clothes over the years for a fraction of original price (and some never worn!). New clothes make moving my body more fun!
Does the thought of wearing pre-worn clothes give you the heebie-jeebies? Then go ahead and pay big bucks for new stuff. But get this, most good consignment stores are picky—emphasis on the word good.
My purple shoes and exercising
Wearing something new and shiny makes exercising more fun. That’s what happened with my shoes. I have the before and after to prove it. Well, not necessarily proof I was having more fun but proof what a change can make. I had good shoes, but they weren’t pleasing to look at. Shoes of good quality and still in great
shape but dull and gray.
I learned about fabric paint Joann Crafts and Fabrics carried. Hmmm, interesting, I thought. Fabric paint? I chose my favorite color purple to brighten them. Something very simple to make it more fun to put on shoes to walk. Of course, now I need a whole new wardrobe to go with them. Hmmm back to Clotheshorse Anonymous.
Tell me, what are you doing to make exercising more fun?
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Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach
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