When You Exercise: Check Your Motivation

December 1, 2014 5:17 PM

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It's 5 p.m. Assuming a reasonable amount of sleep, there's only about five or six hours left in my day. I contemplate how I should spend them. Time is limited, so I must prioritize. I have to finish my homework; that's a given. I need a few minutes to eat something; another given. So this leaves an hour or two to do something extra. My mind instantly assumes I should use this time to go to the gym. Now, please note that I teach workout classes four times per week, and I walk about 30 to 50 blocks of New York City per day, yet, whenever I have even a brief sliver of time, I assume I should use it to continue "toning up." Why? Because I won't look perfect if I don't.

Even though, with my lifestyle, there is no way I'll ever be out of shape, I still carve out or squeeze in time for "toning." I persuade myself to believe that if I don't look completely shaped, being in shape isn't good enough. I don't want to do that anymore. So how can I change my mindset?

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