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Changing Your Attitude About Fitness

By Randi Morse

When you think about the word "fitness," what do you think about? Me, I think about exercising, which isn't something that I've always been happy to do. I used to watch people jogging down the road or working up a sweat with weights and think, "I can never be like that. I hate exercising." There's a huge secret about exercising, though, one that no one really talks about but that everyone should know.

No one likes all types of exercise.

It's true! I can't think of one person that I know who likes all types of exercise. But there's something even more important that you need to know: everyone can find at least one type of exercise that they enjoy doing. 

Positivity

It doesn't matter what your current weight is, or your shape, or your fitness level, it's important to be positive. I know, it's something you've heard over and over again but can't quite seem to grasp. Being positive about fitness and working out has more to do with being positive about the activity you're doing and less to do with being positive about the fact that you're exercising. If you love dancing, go dancing and enjoy every minute of dancing. Forget about the fact that you're burning tons of calories and exercising all sorts of different muscles. If you love swimming, jump in the pool and do some laps. Be positive about the exercise that you love doing. 

Challenges

Embracing and trying to crush challenges is another great way to help you appreciate fitness and working out. I've always been a bit of a gamer and love when I win games. When I translated that into exercising, trying to beat my record, I found that I worked out harder and got a lot more satisfaction from my exercise. If you like to win, or you like beating challenges, make your exercising a challenge. Try to go one more lap or try to dance to just one more song. 

We don't all have to do the same thing in order to be fit and to exercise, we have to find what works right for us. If you prefer riding your bicycle over jogging, hop on that bike and start pedaling. Being active, and staying active, is much more important than focusing on the type of activity that you're doing.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Walnut Creek, Calif.

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