Exercising: The Hidden Traps and How to Get Out

Exercising: The Hidden Traps and How to Get Out


Are you eating well exercising but not losing weight? Today I’ll share with you a couple
of reasons why that might be. Hi, I’m Katie Gordon and I’m Dietless Living. Are you doing all the right things? Eating well, exercising but not losing weight? It’s really frustrating, isn’t it? The problem is that exercise
doesn’t change your unconscious eating habits, patterns and behaviours. Your own unconscious mind easily disguises your unconscious eating habits patterns and behaviours. Have you ever noticed that you
exercise and then sometimes maybe within an hour or two sometimes a little bit later, you find yourself reaching to something that
you know isn’t probably going to help you but somehow your mind has
rationalized that you’ve done a workout and it’s okay to have whatever
the little smackerel of goodness is. Whether it’s your… Whatever your go-to food is. Sometimes it’s salty; sometimes it’s a fatty product sometimes it’s a sugary product;
sometimes it’s a creamy product But there’s some element of food
or there is some kind of food that your mind suddenly
has your hand reaching out to grab. If the exercise that you are doing is actually increasing your physical mental or emotional stress levels and your body is going to do what it’s always done and look for no one ways to release that tension. Generally through emotional or impulse eating. If you’re already living a stressful life
either at work or at home, exercise isn’t always going to offset that. If exercise is just another thing on your to-do list; If you’re trying to fit it in around a really busy schedule; exercise actually has the capacity to increase your physical, mental or emotional stress and so that’s how it continually leads
you to emotional and impulse eating. We try to add exercise to our poor eating habits and exercise can help burn up some
of the calories that we consume the extra calories that we consume
but it doesn’t actually solve our unconscious eating habits patterns and behaviour. At best exercises keeping your weight static. What you need to be able to do is bring
the unconscious into the conscious to be able to make that change. So what can you do to do that? Exercise is vitally important to your health. It’s important for your health now and
it’s important for your health in the future. How your physical body is in
the future is going to dictate how good or unpleasant or uncomfortable old age is. We need strength training because that’s
very important for our skeletal system to have strong muscles to hold it all in place
and keep our body flexible and supported and we need a good cardiovascular system
to keep our blood and oxygen moving. This is what makes us healthy and
keeps us well throughout our life. But equally important if not more important is
we need to rest our bodies. So how do you do both? The first thing to do is before you
start exercise is create a gap Just 5 minutes between getting to the gym
and starting the activity between getting to where you’re going to go for your run and starting the activity. It’s a transition time. Create 5 minutes where you just close your eyes and think about what you’re going to do; what you’re there to do and how you want
to be while you do it. Just to bring your mind to the
activity that you’re going to do. Normally, what we do is we just run in,
get dressed, put up you know get to the gym; get to where we’re going to run and we just take off. So, we just want to create a
little space between arriving and starting That’s the first thing. That’s a little rest before you exercise. that’s to rest for your body then while
you’re actually doing the exercise, It’s important to breathe. Breathing is the most important thing. Most of us tend to hold our breath,
we’re shallow breathers or if you’re like me, you literally will
hold your breath while you’re doing your exercise and you’re only taking very small amounts of
oxygen while you’re doing your exercise. It takes practice and to remember to breathe
while you’re doing the activity and to breathe down low to get some air into
your lungs and keep your body relaxed When we shallow breathe,
we hunch, we tighten, we restrict and that builds stress and tension in your body. So you’re wanting to rest while you’re exercising and to do that you need to breathe. One of the other ways to bring rest
into exercising is to be playful. Smile. Think of it as a game. Be playful in some way. Think of… you know, if you’ve got music on remember to dance; remember to move. because movement and dance is nice
and gentle ways to move your body which helps that restrictive
feeling that you’ve been feeling at work while you’ve been stressed and it helps
to counteract that feeling of restriction that we have when we’re shallow
breathing so remember to move your body and have a bit of fun with your activity. It doesn’t have to be serious.
Life is serious enough and with Dietless Living, I just want everyone… if everybody just understood the value of
having fun and smiling and enjoying themselves It will make such a difference
to the tension and stress in your body in your mind and your emotions
and that reduces exponentially the instance of impulse eating. Check your thoughts. Remember to check in on the private conversations
that you’re having with yourself because quite often most of the time
we are doing one thing but we’re thinking about something else. It is very common to be exercising but
thinking about the problems at work or doing your menu for home or thinking
about some other problem that’s happening in your life. Be present in the moment with what you’re doing and check that the thoughts that
you are having are positive thoughts. If you’re thinking about anything that is stressful,
any problem in your life, if you’re rehearsing any of the problems of your life, you’re actually generating
a negative feeling in your body and that’s counterproductive to what you want to do. A – you want to be exercising your body for relaxation and B, you want to be present. To be able to remember to smile and to breathe and the last thing to do is to
give yourself another five-minute gap Another five-minute window to rest your body between finishing the exercise
and going on to your next activity. The importance of resting and just having that moment, that transition moment where you close your eyes it may be as you’ve done your last rep it may be as you’ve finished
your run before you get in the car it might be five minutes in the car it might be the five minutes before you start your car it could be the five minutes before
you get out of the car when you get home. It doesn’t matter where it is that five minutes but take five minutes to let your body Ideally, five minutes straight after you’ve finished. If you’re at the gym lay down on one of
the benches for five minutes close your eyes. If you’ve been for a run just lay on the back seat of the car for five minutes or on the grass Oh, pleasurable is that? On a park bench, just lay down. When we lay flat our body our autonomic nervous system gets to realign. Sort of to me it feels like it just goes You can feel the energy in your body and you relax and that is the key to exercising and relaxing, getting the benefit of exercising without fueling emotional and impulse eating And in fact, it’s counteracting emotional and impulse eating. Fun and playfulness are the antidote to stress. Breathing releases tension from your body. Taking the time to have five minutes before
and five minutes after exercise is the way to bring mindfulness of where you are, where your brain is, where your body is in making them
come together in the same place. If that was helpful, click the little red subscribe button and come on over to katiegordon.me and visit me there. Bye for now.

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