Psychological Reasons Why We Don't Exercise
The following excerpt is from the online free read self help book, Be Your Own Therapist.
There is not likely to be one psychological reason you avoid
physical play (i.e., exercise). Instead, there are many possible
reasons, which may require some change on your part if physical
play is to be a regular, routine part of your life.
Psychological (sometimes unconscious) causes often are:
(1)I am following in a parent's footsteps. That parent was
sedentary and believed vigorous exercise was not OK. Me too.
(2)I need to shut down parts of my body because of trauma.
Structured exercising or physical play would trigger trauma
buttons that I wish to avoid. I learned as an infant or young
child that my body is not OK.
(3)I believe I am weak (most of us have this kid belief within
us to some degree). Therefore, I prove it today by being weak as
a result of not exercising.
(4)I believe competition is bad so I avoid exercise. I do not
realize that my labeling competition as bad is part of my
(5)By avoiding exercise, I gain weight, which feels like added
protection against an "unsafe" world.
|For most of us, reasonable fitness can be accomplished in 30 minutes a week.
(6)I have been traumatized to believe that it is not OK to feel
good, so I feel "yucky" all the time by not exercising.
(7)If as a child I was traumatized to be inactive, rigid or
passive, then vigorous activities may feel dangerous (though I
may hide the fear from myself and give myself another rationale).
The above list is certainly incomplete. I suggest that you
create your own. It will likely be productive for you in making
your life more vigorous.
Reminder: Moderately vigorous exercise is a natural way to boost your pituitary's output of HGH Human Growth Hormone.
|Ignore your body; then enjoy all the wonders of modern medicine such as cancer operations and heart bypasses.
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