9 Attitudes and Practices for a Healthy Relationship With Exercise

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exerciseEstablishing a quality relationship with an exercise plan can be tricky for some people. Whether overactive or under-active, finding a balance in your regiment will create better results in the long-run. In order to help, here are nine specific attitudes and practices, that anyone can adopt, which will help create a healthy relationship with exercise.

Firstly, those who have healthy exercise practices can tell the difference between good burning and actual pain. Though the desire to feel that a workout has been successful is common, it is important to watch out for things like joint pain, sharp excruciating pain and complete exhaustion s these could be signs of serious injury. The next day muscle soreness, causing utterances of “ow, ow, ow” upon getting dressed in the morning, is perfectly normal. However, this leads to the next practice to put in place.

Second, it is important to know when to take a day of rest. There is no need to push through the soreness the next day, particularly when the work out is new. It is generally recommended to take one day of rest each week for younger people, two or three for the older folks. This does not necessarily mean sit around like a lump all day. Taking a nice walk or goofing off with the kids in the yard is still do-able, and encouraged.

Third, people with a healthy exercise relationship do not exercise so that they can eat an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream later. Instead, they eat to fuel their exercise regiment. When healthful, fresh foods are consumed on a regular basis, the occasional ½ pint of ice cream is not gonna destroy an exercise plan and might even be more enjoyable.

Workout Buddies
Workout Buddies

The fourth attitude and practice of people with healthy relationships with exercise is that they tend to go with the flow. While scheduling exercise into one’s day helps create good habits, everyone knows, stuff happens. It is important to remain flexible and have alternatives available. Should an emergency at work cause a missed yoga class, later that night, shoot some hoops.

Knowing what they like is fifth on the list. If dancing is a chore, but rowing a delight, then it is imperative that the rowing take precedence. Just because a neighbor has been begging to try out the neighborhood salsa lessons, does not mean that obligation should dictate a decision. However, this attitude leads to the next practice.

Number six reminds the exercising individual to mix it up. Throughout the week, try some cardio and strength training, low and high impact workouts, even breaking it up by which body part gets the most attention is advisable. This makes the workout week more fun as well as keeping your body interested in the process.

Seventh, people with healthy relationships with exercise do the exercise on their own terms. It is not enough to like what the exercise is. Some may enjoy rowing out on the water, while others may prefer using a rowing machine in front of the television at home. Some people get up and exercise before they even eat breakfast, while others like to wait until after work. Whatever works best for the individual is what will work best in the long run.

The eighth attitude and practice is about involving others and seeking their support. When off days happen, and they inevitably do, it is helpful to have someone who can be turned to for a pep talk. Workout buddies provide encouragement, healthy competition and motivation. Doctors and health professionals are also important to have on one’s support team.

The ninth and final attitude and practice of people with healthy relationships with exercise is that they do the exercise for not only the physical benefits but the mental ones as well. Exercise has been proven quite effective in aiding with anxiety, depression and stress. Keeping that in mind will help in coping with these common mental conditions.

by Stacy Lamy