Exercise is a punishment for eating “bad foods”
You need to earn food by exercising.
These ideas are so deeply ingrained that, with nearly everyone I coach, I need to untrain these behaviors…. heck even I catch myself having these thoughts and have to check myself.
These ideas are even subtly integrated into apps like MyFitnessPal where you earn more calories toward you daily calorie goal with added movement.
The ONLY way you can move forward toward creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle is to free yourself from this limiting line of thinking.
Exercise as punishment and food as reward are the antithesis of empowering, healthy habits. Every day becomes a battle, even an obsession.
Both exercise and nutrition are important!
Exercise is not a punishment for eating bad foods! Exercise it’s so valuable for the body and the mind, it builds muscles, empowers you, increases your metabolism, your blood flow, improves your mood, decreases stress...I could go on an on. These benefit (especially the mental ones) increase dramatically when you let go of this “punishment idea.”
Food is not the enemy. Food is the fuel (the energy source for your body). It’s the fuel for your muscles, your brain, it helps keeps your hormones in balance. Yes, some food choices may be "better" than others, but you don’t need to earn it, or punish yourself for enjoying it. That my friends is a dangerous and very slippery slope.
Again! The ONLY way you can move forward toward creating a sustainable, empowering, healthy lifestyle is to free yourself from this line of thinking.
Here’s the thing. I make it sound easy, but I know it’s not. These two rules are simple for sure, but untraing and even uncovering some of you underlying ideas and behaviors takes time. As I mentioned this idea is something I coach all my clients through.
I’d love to do that with you by inviting you to a have a little strategy session with me. Jump on over to my calendar to book a chat with me. Its free..there's no obligation. The best part of my job is connecting with you and seeing how I can help!
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