Tak­ing Away Your Choice /

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Fit­ness with Kate Ivey

Al­low­ing your­self to play out the ‘shall I/shan’t I’ men­tal strug­gle does you no good, and is detri­men­tal not only to your fit­ness but your men­tal health and self-be­lief. Fit­ness ex­pert Kate Ivey ex­plains.

Keep­ing con­sis­tent and there­fore hav­ing long-term suc­cess with your ex­er­cise and gen­eral all-round health means do­ing things you don’t feel like do­ing. It means ex­er­cis­ing when it’s the last thing you want to do, it means hav­ing a healthy meal when you are crav­ing take­aways and it means dig­ging deep to en­cour­age your­self to con­tinue on your healthy path.

The best way to stay on top of your fit­ness and make ex­er­cise a reg­u­lar part of your life is tak­ing the choice fac­tor away. In­stead of giv­ing your­self the op­tion of do­ing it or not, sched­ule it in and make it some­thing you do. Not just some­thing you do when you feel like it, when there ap­pears to be time or when you are with others. Make it some­thing you do, full stop.

The thing with choice is it plays with our minds. It is nor­mal to not re­ally feel like ex­er­cis­ing and the thought of work­ing hard and get­ting up a sweat is far worse than do­ing it. Even fit peo­ple, in­clud­ing my­self, of­ten don’t ac­tu­ally feel like do­ing a work­out – but we do it any­way.

En­gag­ing in the men­tal strug­gle around ‘shall I/shan’t I’ is what is stop­ping you from suc­ceed­ing. You’ve planned your work­out, so it’s hap­pen­ing. Don’t give your­self the op­tion of back­ing out… and then en­joy it as the re­sults un­fold.

Kate Ivey has a Bach­e­lor of Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion ma­jor­ing in Ex­er­cise Pre­scrip­tion and Man­age­ment, and a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence ma­jor­ing in Psy­chol­ogy. She is a keen sportsper­son who runs on­line health and fit­ness com­mu­nity DediKate. kateivey­fit­ness.co.nz

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