If you are like I was, alcohol packed on the pounds. And with the pounds comes a negative spiral…. stop working out because it’s not working, feel worse about yourself and start doing more self-destructive things. That all-or-nothing thinking pops up it’s nasty head again.
But let me ask you this – when you’ve been active in the past, either in a regular sport, activity or workout – how did you feel? Probably more alive, you had a slight buzz from the endorphins, and you felt better about yourself for the moment.
Well now that you’re taking MODER8 and / or working on getting control of your drinking, why not start working exercise or physical activity back into your life? If you’ve never been much for exercise, why not start to give it a try as a part of this new chapter you are starting in your life? It doesn’t have to be painful. For some people, working out sounds too much like work. Instead, identify a physical activity you enjoy, like dancing or hiking in the woods or walking on the beach.
Here are a few tips for getting started:
1) Identify something that you ENJOY doing for exercise. If you like running or hitting the weights, awesome. But if not, you can dance up a sweat just as well!
2) Create goals. Something like loose 5 pounds in 3 months, increase my bench press weight by 30 pounds, or loose my muffin top by spring.
3) Schedule regular exercise sessions. Make it easy enough to work into your schedule or it won’t happen. For example, 20 – 30 minutes of walking or dancing 3 days a week – determine the best time of day for you.
4) See exercise as a contribution to your overall mental & physical health. This isn’t punishment – this is something to help you feel better physically and mentally, and to add more joy and balance to your life. And (hopefully) you’ll be doing this without drinking!