Do You Struggle With Just the Thought of Exercise?

exercise Nov 01, 2018


Do you ever struggle with even the thought of “E”? (otherwise known as exercise?)

That was my story for decades.  Having bought into a lie that “I was smart but a klutz”, I avoided “E” for years.  Once I turned 50 I started looking at my clients in their 60s and 70s.  I could see where I was headed and it wasn’t a pretty picture.  I decided it was time to face the “E” word and get moving.

Fortunately I had a coach and mentor in Shelly Dowling who helped me with brain integration, rehab basic movements I had lost (if I had ever had them) and keep it very easy.  This was years before we knew about Z-Health but her experience made a huge difference for me.

Over the years, I’ve discovered some basic strategies that have helped me and many clients. 


 #1  Look at your beliefs and experiences

In this week’s video I shared my story for a reason.  I had a belief that said that movement wasn’t safe.  I learned that belief with my failed attempts to learn to skip in kindergarten and when I fell down the steps on the bus and landed in a mud puddle in front of my friends. It took time to disconnect my brain from my interpretation of those experiences, but I did!

Through our work with Z-Health we’ve now added a great set of skills to our coaching to help people much more easily and quickly get through what took me many, many years to overcome!


#2  A Should or Desire?

When movement and exercise are a should, the brain sees it as hard and will usually sabotage you as quickly as possible to get it off the daily agenda.  When it is a desire, the brain looks for ways to make it happen!

Once I got clear that my sedentary lifestyle would destroy my freedom of movement and make me a burden to Anna and Forest, I had the fuel and the desire to find ways to move and exercise!  My desire to move well continues to give me clarity and motivation!  That keeps me motivated when I’m tempted to skip out.


#3  Have a Coach/Mentor

If something isn’t working, it means the best you can do isn’t what your brain requires.  Having a coach who can work with your body and your brain (understands neurology) is essential.  Shelly was the first of many coaches and trainers that I worked with.

I did come to realize that trainers who had the mindset of no pain no gainweren’t a lot of help.  My Z-Health training has now given me the skills to identify trainers who can actually be helpful to me in achieving the results I desire!  

I’ve also discovered that I actually know a lot about my brain and how to work with my body and I’ve been able to greatly improve the effectiveness of my workouts!  This is exemplified in the pull upstory at the end of video - - a huge triumph for me!


#4  Have a Address! 

What does that mean?  I have a time of day and a length of time for my exercise – 7-8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.  Occasionally I add an extra day, but my commitment is to those 5 days.  I know what I’m going to do and commit to my neural movements (found in the first 12 lessons of EASY) and my Z-Drills: they move virtually every joint in my body, as well as my eyes, and just wake up my body.  I love how my brain loves those moves and how they make me feel.  From there I do other exercises and keep them varied to keep my brain interested.

The result? At age 65 I truly feel that I’m in the best shape of my life.  Remember, I started out from a lifetime of not being in shape – If I can do it, so can you!

I hope you enjoy the stories and details found in the video.

Remember your brain loves EASY, baby steps and results!  When that is applied to movement and exercise, you will be amazed at how EASY it is to start, maintain and see results!

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