“I don’t want to go to my appointment with my trainer.”
“I hate walking.”
“I should go swimming, but I’d rather not.”
It is statements like these that take us down the slippery slope into inertia, funky feelings, “the pits”. We can feel pressured, required, and “shoulded” to do what is good for us. So how do we get through the dread, specifically how it relates to exercise? How do we become less resistant to the idea?
One way to beat the dread that can obstruct you from reaching your goals is to create a shift in thinking and figure out how to have fun with the activity that’s already part of your life or activities you would like to add.
Adding Intention and Attention to Activity
IN-tention is your desire to do something and AT-tention is noticing the behavior, acknowledging what is occurring.
Intention = An aim that guides action
Attention = To notice, to be aware
Going to the gym to work out with your trainer can just feel like another chore, so instead of anticipating what you will hate about it, focus on what you like about the activity.
“How can I find more fun with this?”
“How can I take the should out of it?”
“How can I focus on how my body feels while I’m there?”
With intention you can move out of being stuck and feeling put upon into anticipating a surprise, the unexpected or something new.
Attention allows you to notice what is happening to your thoughts and feelings, or be aware of the pleasure it’s occurring. By attending you can celebrate the activity through the eyes of the intention you brought to it.
Does fitness feel like a chore? How can you use intention and attention to change the experience?
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