July 28, 2014

Habits of People with a Healthy Relationship to Exercise
There is a delicate line that separates thinking carefully about what you eat, and being obsessed about it. The same thing happens to exercising, which is beneficial to any rapid fat loss effort, but can also become problematic.

Just like any eating disorder, a healthy relationship with exercising is mandatory to making it permanent in your lifestyle. That is why nowadays we hear about risks of over-exercising just as lacking exercise.

Some people need some extra motivation to get themselves moving, but others need to control when enough is too much.  Check out these attitudes.

Knowing the difference between a good burn and damage. You may hear “no pain, no gain”. If you want to feel fatigue due to a good workout session, that is fine. But feeling pain in your joints, feeling so exhausted that you don’t want to do anything afterwards is not right. Fatigue is fine, but pain can warn injury. It is important to pay attention to your limits.  

Recovery.  Those with a healthy relation with exercise understand that proper recovery by the means of a resting day or performing a different activity will avoid injury and let muscles regenerate properly. No matter how much you like your workout, and how much you enjoy the feeling, over exercising exists and it is bad for you. Your effort will not be diminished by a week of relaxation. This recovery will give you extra energy when you get back to your hard training, and you will feel you perform even better.

Why do you exercise?  Using exercise as a tool for achieving rapid fat loss, or to get in better shape can be a slippery slope into obsession or disorder. For a healthy human being, food should be considered as the body´s fuel and not its enemy. The body requires some calories to perform basic functions, so food will provide it; plus additional energy for any physical activity. So, instead of working out so it will allow you to eat, a person with a healthy relationship to exercise should eat to allow him work out. Eating more than necessary because you exercised is not the right way of thinking; even though an occasional reward meal is recommended to enjoy yourself.

Scheduling properly.  The best way to avoid missing a workout is to schedule it in your day just like any other appointment or work routine. But this scheduling must be flexible too. When this scheduling is too restrictive, going out of the routine can be upsetting. Take for example, school activities for your younger children scheduled the same hours you usually work out. There is no excuse to miss family priorities because  your workout schedule is to rigid. Someone with a healthy relationship with exercising will not miss out an important event or exciting moment to fit his workout. Exercise is important, but not number one. On those days when you cannot workout as you are “supposed to”, find some other physical activity that can make you sweat.

Doing what you enjoy:    Just like balanced food, exercise should be balanced too. You must do different kinds of exercises you like, because if not, sooner or later you will stop doing it. The point is that you should not feel you are torturing yourself, and you don’t have to try every fitness fad either. The same happens to exercise intensity. Some prefer high intensity activities, like TRX, Cross fit, or heavy weight lifting, other would rather enjoy a moderate intensity workout.

Alternate activities: Doing the elliptical every single day at the same intensity will not improve fitness too much. Better than nothing, people with a healthy relationship with exercise will mix all sorts of activities, aerobic and anaerobic activities, high and low impact. It just requires putting together a routine which will eventually fight boredom.

Motivation:  Everyone can have good and bad days, when they want to work out or not. Motivation can be found by having a workout buddy, a personal trainer, or doing an activity that really excites you. No matter how healthy your relationship with exercise can be, it is important to find the motivator that works for you. 

Enjoy mental benefits of exercise: A healthy relationship with exercise lets you enjoy a pleasant intense workout and a pleasant feeling afterwards. Both are important.

Even though your rapid fat loss goals will be improved by a good and healthy workout routine, don’t let exercise upset you when it just doesn’t fit into one of your days´ schedule. There is always a tomorrow. .