If you admittedly don’t want to exercise this information may just save your life. There are valid reasons why you don’t want to exercise. The key will be for you to overcome those reasons, learn to like exercise, and then do what you like. Developing an affinity to exercise will increase your ability to sustain a long term commitment to taking the best possible care of your body. The benefits of exercise to both your mind and body are numerous and undeniable, so taking the time to engage in any form of exercise is in your best interest. To uncover the reasons why you don’t want to exercise you must first understand your brain, your mind and the mind-body connection.
Understanding the human brain becomes easier to understand when compared to a computer. Most people can relate to a computer analogy, so let me explain this in terms easier to understand. Computers are a combination of hardware and software. The human brain is like the hardware and the mind is like the software. Computers store information on a hard drive, the brain stores information in the cortex, in multiple locations. The human memory is holographic compared to the computers linear memory. Your mind, like a computer, has an operating system. You can both install and delete programs from that operating system.
There are primary programs we are born with, built into the human minds’ operating system. Think of the human operating system as controlling the functions that happen without any mental effort. Your lungs control breathing, your heart contracts, pumping and circulating blood, your liver detoxifies blood and converts sugar to glycogen, your stomach digests food, your intestines assimilate nutrients and eliminate waste, your kidneys control fluid levels, etc. If you had to use your conscious mind to control those functions, your day would be spent trying to stay alive.
From birth, the learning process is like installing programs onto your brain’s hard drive. We install motor control, which is the ability to use our muscles. We install balance and coordination in order to crawl, walk, and run. We install a language. Most of us unfortunately don’t know how to uninstall any of these programs. Certain learned behaviors become either unnecessary, or can actually be counter-survival, hindering our progress. Once such program we install, consciously or unconsciously, is situational avoidance. Any negative experience is stored as such, and we attempt to avoid that same situation or situations we perceive as similar. We either correctly or incorrectly make this consideration. That decision leads to avoiding repeating a negative experience. However, we can also incorrectly estimate that we are in a similar negative situation thus causing undue stress in an attempt to avoid unnecessarily or even miss out on an opportunity.
Our bodies are subject to considerable strain when this avoidance behavior results in stress and anxiety. When this happens repeatedly, we develop phobias, anxiety, and eventually physical manifestations of that anxiety, like panic attacks. Just like that computer, this can become so debilitating that we freeze up and cannot function. The task of mindfully rebooting can be a difficult task for most. The inability to handle stress has led to large numbers of people that are resorting to medication to counteract this cascade. The simple deletion of these corrupt installed programs (memories/associations) can reduce or eliminated both the mental and physical toll. The American Institute of Stress estimates that the financial toll of stress is $ 300 billion per year.
The primary goal of the human operating system is survival. There are 3 basic programs also running on that operating system, they are; pleasure seeking, pain avoidance & energy conservation. Those 3 programs can be barriers to ones’ desire to exercise as they are all counter exercise to an extent. Pleasure seeking activities are food and sex, which ensures the survival of the individual and the species respectively. For most Americans, food has become an addictive source of pleasure. This is in part because our food supply has become calorie rich and nutrient poor, complicated by added chemicals that contribute to our addiction. Humans didn’t always have drive-thru windows where high calorie foods could be passed through. Although programmed for survival, conservation of energy wasn’t designed around fast food drive-thru on every corner and sedentary lifestyles. This deadly combination has led to an explosion of preventable chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Bottom line is you want to exercise whether you like it or not. Using techniques like NET, EFT, behavioral modification, EMDR, etc., you can uninstall negative belief patterns just like you would uninstall a computer program you no longer use or that has become corrupted and is slowing down your processor.
Understanding conservation of energy we can consciously overcome our desire to be sedentary acknowledging our lifestyle doesn’t provide the movement the human mechanism needs to function properly. Accepting the pain avoidance mechanism we can consciously acknowledge and respect the discomfort we are feeling while exercising, knowing the temporary feeling is worth the long term benefits. Lastly, we can reprogram ourselves with repetitive exercise until exercise itself becomes a pleasurable experience. Knowing what your barriers are and facing them head on, is the most effective way to ensure success.
I am OK with exercising
I am ready, willing and able to exercise
It is safe to exercise
It is good for me to exercise
It is good for others for me to exercise
I want to exercise
I believe I can exercise
I can honor exercising
I am worthy of exercising
I can be supported by others for me to exercise
I can have the energy to exercise
I can have the time to exercise