I have an exercise machine that I’ve used once. Did I hear you say ‘Me too’?
Hey, I’m not proud of that, but I make this revelation with more confidence today than I would have done yesterday.
Well, last night I was watching a TV programme about us – the public – and our attitude to exercise.
I am not alone.
In fact, the presenter went down one average street here in the UK and nearly every household had unused or nearly-new exercise equipment. One lady had enough to equip a gym, plus work out videos galore – BUT – all untouched and gathering dust – if not mould – in her garage.
No wonder there are so many TV channels selling this gear – we can’t get enough of it – but at the same time, use the exercise bike as a clothes hanger, and dumbells as doorstops.
I’m in the wrong business!
The thing is that all this equipment does get bought with good intent in mind – so what goes wrong?
We all have those moments – you know the ones – Right!! I’m going to get fit. I’m going to lose weight. AND you mean it (at the time).
Those fleeting moments usually coincide with New Year or when hiding in an X-Large t-shirt on the beach.
Just had a thought – maybe I’ll sell exercise equipment from a stall on the beach.
Now if you are like me, you struggle with this whole thing of weight and exercise.
For years, I have grappled with why I can’t keep some modicum of exercise as part of my daily routine. An even bigger dilemma is why I can’t keep my weight down.
For goodness sake!
I know the theory and consequences of eating poorly and failing to exercise. A large part of my adult life has been spent nursing. Add to that the critical intimidating Health Visitor ‘once over’ that my wife gives my torso, as I derobe for whatever.
You’d think that I had motivation enough.
The formula is simple enough:
Eat healthy diet within a daily calorie limit and exercise for twenty minutes, 3 or 4 times a week. At least, that is what I thought.
But no ….
There is one additional and probably much more important element to consider.
The complete formula is:
Healthy controlled calorie eating + Exercise + CHANGE OF MINDSET.
I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a guy called Adam Eason, a hypnotherapist. My company built his website, and I was gradually more curious about the wide range of physical and mental conditions that Adam was successfully involved in.
The penny dropped one weekend, when I filmed a video of Adam speaking at a weekend seminar about hypnosis.
I discovered that the chatterbox in our head is often our own worst enemy. Talk about a traitor. Our own mind fed constantly from the subconscious, with garbage which we have collected over the years and is now holding us back.
Just think about it for a moment – think of the excuses you make to yourself – think about the internal arguments in your head – think of the things you think, and what you actually say.
Not worth thinking about, is it?
Hypnosis can help replace a lot of the nonsense that is coming out of the subconscious. It takes time and a bit of effort, but a few short weeks can replace completely a poor mindset with basically a new programme to run our mind and thoughts.
A new healthy orientated mindset. That’s my target.
I am getting my exercise bike out for action again.
How about you?