The 8 Emotions of Exercise Part 6: Anticipation
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Hopefully by now, after reading the previous five parts to this series, you’ve got some great
insight into understanding your emotions with regards to your exercise journey as well as
other areas of your life. If you’re looking forward to a great article, then you’re feeling our
featured emotion as we speak! Are you ready?
Emotion #6: Anticipation
Seeing the famous Lucas film logo appear on the massive IMAX screen followed by the even
more famous words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” had me so filled with
excitement I could hardly contain myself. It was 16 December 2015 and for the first time in
over ten years, Star Wars was finally back on the big screen. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, my
anticipation levels were through the roof.
Its sad that we can’t feel the same feelings of anticipation toward our exercise though.
Imagine you were as excited about your exercise routine as I was about The Force Awakens?
It’s not the same because an exercise routine demands so much of us. We know that it
probably won’t be a pleasant experience. Perhaps exercise is more comparable to a Michael
Bay film than a Star Wars one.
Expect the Worst
Did you ever go to an exercise class and think, “I’m ready for today’s session. All the
instructor is going to ask us to do is a bit of legs and a bit of cardio, I’ll take a shower, and I’ll
be ready to take on the rest of today.” Except it wasn’t “a bit of legs and bit of cardio”. It
was MURDER! The instructor took it to a new level today and pushed your body like you
were being punished for something. Your lungs and your legs were burning all the way
through and you feel as though you’re not going to be able to sit for a week!
If you expect your workout to be easy, you’ll be unprepared for those really tough sets your
trainer may give you. It his/her job to keep pushing you and making things more difficult. If
you always expect the sessions to be extremely tough, it’s a win-win situation. If it’s as
tough as you expect, you’ll be mentally prepared for it, and if it’s not as tough as you
expected, then you’re lucky enough to get an easier workout for the day.
Quick fixes and quick results with regards to exercise goals either don’t work, are bad for
your health, or are illegal. Exercise goals come very slowly, and only if you’re exercising
regularly. You will have moments when you’ll feel discouraged because you your hard work
doesn’t seem to result in proportional results. Be patient. The results will come if you keep
going. If you’re struggling to reach your exercise goals despite working hard on them, we at
Body Twenty would love to assist you by doing continuous assessment of your body via our
revolutionary X-Body technology, providing you with the best physical training money can
buy, as well as referrals to our very own dietitian. If you would like some tips on how to
form regular exercise habits, check out our previous blog articles entitled How to Fall in Love
with Exercise: Part 2 and What Kind of Perfectionist are You?
I trust that this article has been helpful to you as you grow in your exercise journey. If you
have any questions or concerns about your emotions, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let’s set up a meeting to chat.
Be sure to look out for part-7 to this blog series on the eight core emotions next week. In
the meantime, let us know what you thought of this article. If you have any suggestions for
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