Stop using exercise as a “punishment” when you eat too much!

Many of us have a mansion on this table! You promised yourself that you would cut down on junks, infact you have started this journey for a month now. The going is good. Then suddenly, you start craving junk food, shawarma and the likes.

You decide to satisfy your cravings, but there is a clause. You have to “work” the junk food off from your system, so that “everything goes back to normal”, so you head to the gym and work out like you have never done before. You’re now satisfied. You’ve had your cake and eaten it!

First of all, please eat if you want to eat. You do not need to see exercise as a way of burning excess food intake.

“If we intend to gain strength, improve cardiovascular conditioning, and get those feel-good endorphins from exercise, we need to fuel our bodies adequately and consistently, If we’re just exercising to ‘burn’ or ‘earn’ our food, we’re going to be left depleted, both physically and mentally. Think about it like this: We need to eat to move, not move to eat.”- said Jessi Haggerty, a Massachusetts-based registered dietitian, intuitive-eating counselor and certified personal trainer.

Everyone believes exercise should be a means of removing excess calories in our system, but is this the right mindset to have when you want to start working out?

Ask yourself this, “do I feel like I am a bad person because I didn’t work out?”

Feeling guilty or ashamed based on what you did or didn’t do usually means you’re judging or punishing yourself, and that doesn’t lead to a healthy, long term exercise pattern. Being mindful and removing judgment about exercise allows you to be present to experience moving your body for the sake of moving. This increases enjoyment and reduces the likelihood of burnout or injury because you are listening to your body’s feedback, instead of looking for external rewards.



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