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How to foster joyful fitness habits?
  Date : 25-07-2024

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about exercise? Weight loss, perhaps? But, did you know that hitting the gym or doing home workouts does more than just trim your waistline? Your relationship with exercise should spark joy when you move, not dread when you skip it. The societal pressure to lose weight and adhere to strict diets often leads to fitness-related trauma, where exercise feels like a chore. This unhealthy dynamic can have serious repercussions for both your body and mind. Here, we’ll guide you in building a healthy relationship with physical activity, fostering a genuine love for fitness habits.

Redefine your workout goals

Short-term goals are the building blocks of long-term success. Amidst the myriad of fitness trends, it’s important to understand that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to staying fit. Choose activities that align with your goals and preferences. If you enjoy nature, opt for jogging, walking, or cycling instead of hitting the gym. When your exercise aligns with your aspirations, success follows suit.

Listen to your body

Often, in pursuit of fitness goals, we push our bodies too hard, leading to self-blame when we fall short in habits. Rather than berating yourself for what you can’t do today, celebrate your progress from yesterday. Start slowly and allow your body to adapt to exercise gradually.

Identify and address your triggers

Do you feel guilty after indulging in your favorite junk food, fearing it negates your gym efforts? Recognize these triggers that hinder your relationship with movement and seek support to overcome them. By addressing these triggers, you can reclaim the joy of exercise.

In conclusion, repairing your love-hate relationship with exercise takes time, and patience is essential in this journey.

Source: The Statesman

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