STARTING AN EXERCISE PROGRAM WITHOUT THE DIETING MENTALITY

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I am starting a new exercise program tomorrow and I find the diet mentality is so strong within me particularly right now. I find myself thinking old dieting thoughts like “I should have one last hurrah tonight with pizza and chips and whatever else I will commit to not eating for the next X amount of days until I am done this program!

I obviously am not actually acting on any of these thoughts and I keep reminding myself that I am not starting this exercise program as a means of losing weight.  So, why am I doing this?  Well, for physical strength and endurance… And also for mental and emotional health and wellbeing.  I want to be stronger and faster physically and there is nothing quite like committing to and following through on completing an exercise program to help build your self-esteem.

I know for a lot of people, like me, exercise used to be mainly motivated by a weight loss goal, but the thing is that exercise has so many more benefits. The first step is to not focus on weight loss, instead focus on what else a regular exercise regime will give you.  What will you GAIN from it?

For me, I want to be able to do all sorts of activities with my family in the coming years that I know being physically fit will simply help me to better enjoy these things.  Such as going on hikes up beautiful mountains without it totally killing myself!  I also want to start traveling more and of course, that will involve needing the ability to get around. I also exercise for the mental and emotional release of it.

What are some reasons that you could exercise for that is not weight loss?  What will you gain from committing to an exercise regime?

STARTING AN EXERCISE PROGRAM WITHOUT THE DIETING MENTALITY

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