Get Moving: Breaking Down Mental Barriers

Our bodies were meant to be active, we actually crave exercise. Regular exercise is essential for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of many diseases including, but not limited to: heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes. Exercise improves physical appearance and may delay the aging process.

If you are not currently on a regular exercise regime, here are a few tips to get started:

Ditch the all-or-nothing attitude. You don’t have to spend hours in a gym or force yourself into monotonous or painful activities you hate to experience the physical and emotional benefits of exercise. A little exercise is better than nothing. In fact, adding just modest amounts of physical activity to your weekly routine can have a profound effect on your mental and emotional health.

Be kind to yourself. Research shows that self-compassion increases the likelihood that you’ll succeed in any given endeavor. So don’t beat yourself up about your body, your current fitness level, or your supposed lack of willpower. All that will do is demotivate you. Instead, look at your past mistakes and unhealthy choices as opportunities to learn and grow.

Check your expectations. You didn’t get out of shape overnight, and you’re not going to instantly transform your body either. Expecting too much, too soon only leads to frustration. Try not to be discouraged by what you can’t do or how far you have to go to reach your fitness goals. Instead of obsessing over results, focus on consistency. While the improvements in mood and energy levels may happen quickly, the physical payoff will come in time.

When you find you are ready to start a regular exercise regime, remember there are many local resources to help you get started. The following is a map of the places in the North Bend and Coos Bay area that are dedicated gyms or fitness facilities.