During this election season we have all been thinking about choices. Sometimes the choice is easy and obvious! When it comes to exercise, however, lots of folks really don’t know what to do next. There is so much information out there that it’s hard to know the best choice for you.
Doesn’t it suck when you can’t seem to choose? Our freedom to choose can be overwhelming. What about when you do make a choice, but second guess yourself? That sucks too. You didn’t line up with your decision.
Why, when it comes to exercise, is it so hard to figure out what to do? The voices that say what you “should do” are so loud that they interfere with your own wisdom. Then those same voices can make you second-guess yourself when you finally do make a choice. The whole exercise thing often ends up being full of lousy feeling experiences. Many people just give up.
When it comes to physical activity how do you decide what is right for you? At Inside Out Fitness we teach you to make internally directed choices. It’s much easier to line up with a choice when you have made it from your inner voice of wisdom. In today’s column you will discover our comfortable way to access your internal wisdom and choose what’s exactly right for you!
At Inside Out Fitness we have a formula to help you know what to do next. It’s the Make a Choice Formula and it comes in the form of a question: What would a person, who is willing to be happy and healthy, do today? Ask yourself that question, answer it, and then do the answer. That’s how you use the formula.
Sometimes the answer is resting, walking, having tea, taking a nap, calling a friend, petting your dog, cuddling your cat, stretching, yoga, baby-sitting your best little friend(s), watching a movie, going to the gym, or… . The point is that you decide what is best for you. Make a choice. Then, line up with it. Lining up with your choice is just as important as the choice itself.
Your brain may try to convince you that your decision is not right. Thank your brain for sharing, and then get on with it. Try using this formula when you are not clear about what to do next. The answer that comes to you should feel like the next logical small step; no big deal. Relax, give it a shot, line up with it, and you can’t get it wrong!
How to best use the Make a Choice Formula? Write the question on a post-it or widget. Copy it precisely as written. Ponder it with your breakfast or coffee/tea. The possibilities are endless. Answer the question. Do the answer. Use it to your advantage. There is no limit as to how often you use the formula each day. Eventually, you will simply be following your own trail to your own well-being.
Give it a try. Trust yourself. You are your own best expert.
Cinder Ernst, Medical Exercise Specialist and Life Coach Extraordinaire, helps reluctant exercisers get moving with safe, effective and fun programs. Find out more at http://cinderernst.com