I don’t know about you, but I have found it a LOT more difficult to keep up a work-out routine while everything has been closed up during COVID19…
How’s it been for you?
One of the many things that I have learned throughout my professional career as a mental health clinician, as well as when I used to be a physical education teacher, athletic coach, physical trainer and triathlete is that…
Some days you just need a break. It’s your body’s way of signaling you that it needs rest.
I often tell folks that when we “push” ourselves to do something, even something “healthy” like work-out, sometimes we are doing more harm than good.
It’s because the emotional stress that happens when you pressure yourself to work-out actually counteracts the physical benefits of the exercise.
Kinda like eating a Big-Mac from McDonalds, but washing it down with a Diet Coke.
If there’s one thing that I want you to know… not everyone is motivated to exercise in the same way, the same frequency or at the same intensity.
And to be honest with you, that’s a really good thing.
Physical activity is an expression of your personality type and some approaches are more suited to certain personality types than others.
Some personality types are motivated to work out by different criteria other than pounds lost, heart rate variability, increased muscle tone or BMI.
When you can fit your exercise program to your own unique personality type, research shows that you tend to remain more motivated because the activities and approach is consistent with who you are and your “zone of optimal functioning”.
So, next time you hear yourself saying that you just don’t feel like working out, you might take that downtime and go learn more about your own unique fitness personality.
There is a style and an approach for you that will keep you fit and motivated. I promise.
If you’d like to chat more about this and how I can help, let’s talk.
I am grateful that you are a part of my community and I am here to support you however I can.
Stay safe and be well.
Kate is an INFJ-3 on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram.