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How To Know When You Need To Go To The Gym More

For example, I love running. I used to be able to keep up with the best jogs. But in the last couple of years my running has deteriorated — I can’t jump over obstacles, I’m exhausted very quickly, and most of all my legs feel like they’re just going to give out.

In essence, our bodies need to repair itself (i.e., rest). We’re trying to keep “worn-out” bodies functioning well without taking the necessary time to heal and maintain optimal functions. We’re at a point where healthful habits are starting to appear. If we are to take the next step, we will need to start building better habits. We’ll also need to become more mindful of our bodies and make sure we are being aware enough of how our systems are operating.

What Is Mindfulness?  Mindfulness is defined as “conscious attention to the present moment.”  A great way to think of mindfulness is, “What are the things that are causing me to be tired and lethargic, the thoughts and feelings that are making me frustrated? Are they causing me to miss out on opportunities to get things done so I can feel better?”  The main thing is, we are learning to notice the negative thoughts, emotions, and feelings as they’re arising — in other words, instead of letting them pass — we become consciously aware of them and change them. How To Do It:  The easiest way to break a “bad” habit is to simply be mindful of them. You will be shocked at how much easier it is to notice bad habits if you notice them as they appear. You don’t need to actually change anything. If the habit is hard to break — maybe you’ve heard yourself saying things like “I never do my laundry” — but it’s a real habit that could make everyone else’s jobs easier — that is a good place to start. As with everything, there are a lot of possibilities here. We may notice that even if we have all the dishes done, we find ourselves staring at them, taking in our laundry, and thinking, “Oh, it’s so lazy of me!  I’d better clean it up!” This is what causes us to feel like “laziness” is something of a virtue. We have a habit that we have to break from “to feel good.” Another reason why you want to notice the bad habits, instead of letting them persist, is that the negative thoughts themselves will get better. We feel like the behavior actually improves our energy levels, improves our mental clarity, and gives us an emotional high. It’s also much easier to make sure we get our minds right on the other stuff, such as the laundry. And when we do feel like we’re doing our laundry (which we usually do, right?  Right?) we’re not feeling as overwhelmed because we’ve noticed what we’re doing and made a decision to change — this is a great moment for us to step back and realize it is something that will actually make us better and happier, and will actually improve how we feel. This is a moment where we can say to ourselves, “It’s not that hard to change, right?  You just need to ask yourself this — would I rather do that?  Yes, I’d rather do that.  What’s wrong with trying it again?”

“No, it’s not that much bothersome! ” Sometimes it is, but what if we’re just a little bit overwhelmed, “just a little bit” because we’re not used to the new behavior, because we’re still trying to get over a trauma, or because we don’t know any better? And because we aren’t used to the new behavior, we aren’t comfortable with what we have. This is where mindfulness comes in.