Are there things you do just because you think they’re good for you, but that you really don’t enjoy? This has come up a lot lately with my clients and in my workshops. One woman vehemently said “I hate running, absolutely hate it, but I think it’s good for me, so I try to force myself to do it.” And another said without any room for doubt “I hate kale, I think it’s disgusting, but I’ve heard it’s good for me, so I choke it down.” Hate is one of the strongest words I know. If you truly hate something, why are you making the conscious choice to do it?
Life is too short to be miserable and to drag ourselves through something that is intended to make us feel better. Let’s take exercise and food for example – yes, movement is good for you and for sure, green veggies are good for you too. Running and kale are not the only options though! There is no shortage of ways to get your heart rate up and no shortage of healthy food options.
I invite you to test different forms of exercise and different whole foods and see what feels good for YOU. An interesting note, what feels good for you is likely to be different than what feels good for someone else and that’s okay. In fact, it’s exactly as it should be and no one knows you better than you know yourself.
Open yourself to exercise and nutritious foods that make you feel good (and that taste good too.)
- Dancing and even moving furniture count as exercise and may be more enjoyable than running.
- Spinach and peas count as green veggies and may taste better to you than kale. (If you turned your nose up when you read spinach and kale, start with romaine lettuce, it’s probably the mildest of green veggies.)
As humans, we’re much more likely to stick with something if we enjoy it. Set yourself up for success and explore different options until you find what you like. Empower yourself to let go of someone else’s prescription for healthy living and instead focus on what makes you feel your best.
As always, I’d love to hear from you! What movements and foods energize you and make you feel awesome? If you’d like support to find what works best for you and encouragement to hold yourself accountable, then let’s chat on a discovery call.