Now that it’s autumn and the weather is getting cooler, it’s even money that we will spend less time outside. With that comes less activity. After all, who wants to go out and run in the rain? Some of us are devoted to keeping fit and developing routines that will keep us fit throughout the cooler and inclement weather months. Those of us who live in Lake Elsinore in southern California really don’t have to worry about weather interfering with outdoor excursions. Certainly it can get cold at times, but a simple jacket or sweatshirt will take care of that. So there’s really no excuse to not stay fit during the winter months. Unless, of course, you have low self-esteem.
There is indeed a method to the madness of the Lake Elsinore Mental Health Examiner! Yes, there is a connection between exercising and your relationship with yourself. In fact, there’s a connection between your relationship with yourself and everything else in the universe. But today, boys and girls, with the weather changing, we’ll talk about the connection between how you look and how you feel about yourself because it’s important that you continue your exercise regimen in the more weather-unfriendly months of the year.
The best way to keep to a regular exercise routine is to develop a positive relationship with yourself. How you feel about yourself—your self-esteem—affects everything that you do and how you express yourself. People who feel good about themselves will spend quality time looking good, grooming and dressing. Those people don’t have to be reminded to keep exercising. They feel good about themselves and want the “wrapper” to accurately reflect the “package”. They make time and find ways to adapt their work outs to the weather.
People who don’t feel good about themselves, on the other hand, will not spend time looking good. What for? Not really going to make much of a difference anyway. That’s the defeatist thinking that accompanies low self-esteem. Certainly there are some people with low self-esteem that will do superficial things to try to make themselves feel better about themselves, like certain make-up (for women), hairstyles or clothes. But that doesn’t really change their bodies.
Everybody knows the benefits of exercise: less illness, easier to do physical tasks, don’t get tired as often, cheaper life and health insurance, longer and happier life. Of course it’s a little tougher during the autumn and winter (hence the timely focus of this article), so a little more effort and motivation is needed now. While most will acknowledge the healthy benefits of a regular exercise routine, they typically do not have a regular effective exercise routine. “Effective” is right word, too, because there is a right way and wrong way to exercise, and if it’s done wrong, not only will it not be effective, but it may also hurt you. So it’s not just a matter of working out regularly, but also doing some leg work (LOL) to develop an appropriate program. As you can see, working out can be a lot of work.
The best way to get motivated—any time of the year—is for that motivation to come from the inside. If you like yourself, you’re going to want to look and feel good. If you have a good relationship with yourself, you’re going to want that relationship to last a long, long time, like any good love affair or friendship. You’re going to want to spend quality time with yourself and for that, you’re going to want to do things that make you feel good. A big part of feeling good is being in shape.
We’re going to leave the actual mechanics of exercise—like how much and what kind of aerobic and weight training and what’s the best combination—to other examiners whose specific focus are in that area and personal trainers. What we want to do here is inspire. The best inspiration comes from within. This is the real reason why most diets fail. It’s not that they don’t work; it’s the people doing them. They know intellectually that it’s important to keep a healthy weight, but people don’t “own” it. They don’t identify with the process of keeping themselves healthy. Certainly good health depends on a moderate combination of a healthy diet and exercise, but when you don’t feel good about yourself, you are at risk of using food as a drug. You want to fill yourself up emotionally by doing it physically. And you procrastinate on the physical stuff because you really don’t see yourself as a physically fit specimen because that would mean you’re worth something.
Enough said, you get the picture. Starting liking yourself by developing a relationship with yourself and you’ll want to work out.