Procrastination & Exercise

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Happy rainy Wednesday everyone!

Today I have a guest post from the wonderful Jane at JCW Fitness.  She gave a talk for us last year ‘Fitting in Fitness’ which led to me losing one and a half stone by committing to regular exercise!  So, this is definitely worth a read if you are a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to exercise…

P is for painful (procrastination), E is for easy (exercise)

As the weeks and months fly by, it can be frustrating to realise and to have to acknowledge that all the best intentions we have set for ourselves have slipped away unachieved. We may have made good plans with firm resolve to reach certain goals (I’m talking about health and fitness here, but of course it applies more widely to everything doesn’t it?), only to find that we are almost half way through the year, and painful procrastination has got the better of us.

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Putting things off is so easy, and in the short term provides us with relief.

“Oh, you know what, I’ll start that new class next month, after my holiday”

“I am actually really busy / tired this month / week, so I will start that new class next month”

The problem is that the relief of procrastination is short-term and superficial, because the real and long-term outcome of procrastination is FAILURE, which is of course painful.

So, in order to avoid this cycle of pain, we need to take a long-term view, and look deeper than the short-term gain of putting things off.

We need to think instead of reaching our goals, and sticking to our resolve and firm intentions, and making it happen.  And once you do that, and get to your class, the exercise bit is EASY.  (What I mean by that is once you are there, you just do it – I don’t mean easy in terms of intensity).

Making a decision to stick to a plan is an easy one-way thought process – “I’m going to class”.  You go, you exercise, you go home, you feel good.  Over the weeks and months you reap the rewards.  You feel good, you have succeeded. You are a success!

Procrastination is like torture, like an awful argument in your own head… shall I shan’t I, maybe, maybe not, justification of procrastination which ultimately drives us crazy, and we fail (and of course feel like a failure, not a nice feeling!)

So set your intention, make your plan, and banish procrastination! You will be so glad you did. 

Jane Wrafter has worked in the fitness industry for 15 years and started JCW Fitness classes in Muswell Hill 13 years ago.  JCW Fitness offers a range of flexible classes to members in the Muswell Hill area.  Jane has done a lot of work with post-natal women, helping them regain their figure and their confidence.  She is a resident expert on the Chrissy B Show – a lifestyle and chat show on Sky and our local Sweaty Betty ambassador.

If you are interested you can get a one week free class pass at the JCW website given below.

Website: http://www.jcwfitness.co.uk/

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