Of Course You Don’t Have Enough Discipline

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It happened again.

He said, “I just don’t have enough discipline to stick with exercise.”  This familiar tale of woe is one I have heard countless times when beginning with a new fitness coaching client.

In the fitness industry, we make it nearly impossible for you to have enough discipline to do what we recommend…because what we recommend often seems designed to be as aversive and unpleasant as possible.

It’s as if we feel the only path to fitness is the most miserable one.  The one where you don’t like what you are doing, it hurts, you are acutely aware of how out-of-shape you are by the things “fitness” makes you do. 

This is exactly why he was referred to me. For the unconventional, non-traditional approach to exercise that makes up my approach to fitness using Funtensity concepts. 

He is just a normal adult human. Normal adult humans often find it difficult to “have the discipline,” to stick with traditional exercise.  Meaning, exercise is often drudgery and a chore the way it is typically presented with a glib “just do it” attitude by the majority of the fitness industry.

The thing is, your body doesn’t care how you do it, just that you do it.  But your mind and emotions care big time how you do it. And that is often the difference. 

For your body:  Make it physically challenging enough to stimulate change while at the same time not so challenging that it demotivates you. 

For your mind and emotions:  Make it emotionally gratifying and mentally engaging so that you start to (kind of) want to do it.

It can’t be that simple, can it?

Conceptually, yes it can be.  The exact way we go about doing that for any given person is highly individualized and based on one’s desires, likes, dislikes, preferences, and the things you love. 

I will be glad to help figure out how to merge what matters most to you with an approach to fitness that puts a smile on your face and some sweat on your brow at the same time. Drop me a line for help.

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