It’s all well and good that you know you should eat more healthily, sleep and rest more and do more movement. The biggest barrier to getting these things right is not knowledge, but motivation. What are the barriers to being healthier and, of those many barriers, which ones do you control?
If we can tweak the activity so that it is more enjoyable, that there is a reason for doing it and that it is challenging, we will find that it is much more easy to find the motivation for doing it.
Games and Tribe
What if exercise wasn’t a burden to be endured or a penance for bad habits? Do you remember the fun of being part of a football or netball team or a running club?
Spend an hour on our beach in Menorca, playing silly games with almost strangers and see how exhilarating having fun can be.
Running on a treadmill says a lot about the trajectory of our culture. We would rather go for a walk, in nature, with varied terrain, sounds and views. Even if that is a park in a city, there is now plenty of evidence that, minute for minute, doing exercise outside rather than in the gym is better for you.
The more a movement is performed, the easier it becomes. Muscle memory suggests that practice tends towards perfection. Conversely, that means that a frequently executed movement is less rewarding, less beneficial than a movement rarely performed. Knot your shoelace the other way round. See how you suddenly have to concentrate. See how that simple alteration gets synapses firing.