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FITNESS GOOP: Exercise doesn't have to be a drag

I have promised myself to never again join a gym that requires more than a month-to-month commitment.Despite my healthiest intentions, I have a bad habit of gym avoidance.
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I have promised myself to never again join a gym that requires more than a month-to-month commitment.Despite my healthiest intentions, I have a bad habit of gym avoidance.

This became obvious a few years ago when I joined a gym that was just steps from my apartment. There was no excuse for me not to workout regularly. But I couldnt motivate myself to go.

Finally, I had to admit Im not a traditional exercise person. So, with this mind-set, its been a real challenge for me to put a plan into place for getting physically fit before I become pregnant. Here are some of the areas that Ive been exploring for the past month:

Motivation

Im finally motivated. I want to be in shape before becoming pregnant because I want to feel strong and continue to be physically active during my pregnancy. Im inspired by other pregnant women out there doing things. But its key that I find an activity that I enjoy. (More on that below.)

Language

I decided to investigate the language used when thinking or speaking about exercise. The power of word choice is often underestimated. I realized that I was using disempowering language. When talking about exercise (even activities I enjoyed) I used words like should, have to, or need to. While these words might motivate some people, I find it does the opposite. I started using more positive language like want, could, can. Think about the difference: I should go for a walk or I want to go for a walk.

Activity

If youre wanting to stay active and physically strengthen your body its key to find activities you truly enjoy. When you do, its much easier to stay motivated. Ive come to the conclusion that I dont like running and treadmills or stairmasters and lifting weights. Reflecting more, I realized a few things about myself that will impact my choice in activity:

1. I get bored easily. Workout DVDs are great for the first week but I quickly lose interest because its the same routine and I know exactly whats coming next.

2. I like to explore new things and I love adventure.

3. I love being outdoors, especially when Im in harmony with nature.

This may seem really simplistic, but if you take the time to find the right exercises for you, the chances of staying motivated get much better.

Crystal Di Domizio for FitnessGoop.com is also a RHN, holistic nutritionist and prenatal coach