Cake, Run, Cake - CBT

Sarah Hunt

Posted on March 31 2021

Change your thought process with Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

 

One of the biggest reasons’ women exercise is to lose weight, and funnily enough one of the biggest reasons’ women stop exercise, is because they are not losing weight.

 Often the reason for giving up is not down to lack of effort or commitment, but can be simply down to your thought patterns and how you process information about exercising. If you think of exercise as a chore, something you must get done, and not enjoyable, it can leave you not looking forward to it and feeling you deserve a reward once you have completed it! Unfortunately, the reward is often much greater than the energy you expended to earn it! And so begins a cycle which leads you to believe you are not getting anywhere! 

 So, what if you thought of exercise itself as a reward? Why not challenge and change how you think about exercising? Instead of seeing it as a chore or something that must be endured to reach an end goal, why not reframe these thoughts.  Make a list for yourself of all the rewards your body and mind will receive from regularly exercising. 

 Here are 5 great reasons to get started!

Try adding to these and keep them at the forefront of your mind before you exercise.  Being aware of your thoughts and consciously reminding yourself about the positives of exercising, can slowly change how you think and feel about it, so you no longer need a reward, as the effects of exercising itself becomes your reward.

Exercising increases blood pressure and blood flow everywhere in the body, including the brain.    More blood means more energy and oxygen, which in turn makes the brain perform better.

Benefit: After exercising you have better focus and make better decisions. It also boosts the cell production of the brain chemical BDNF which improves memory.

 Even simple regular physical exercise like a brisk walk stimulates dopamine and serotonin which helps regulate mood and aid digestion. It also produces endorphins, your body’s natural pain reliever, which your body produces in response to stress or discomfort.

Benefit: You feel less stressed and anxious, more relaxed and in a better mood.  

 A combination of aerobic exercise, yoga and strength training are scientifically proven to improve sleep and help battle insomnia.

Benefit: You fall asleep quicker, stay asleep longer and get better quality sleep.

 Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently, which means your heart and lung health improve.

Benefit: You have more energy and daily chores become easier. 

Exercise causes change in your antibodies and white blood cells which are the body's immune system cells that fight disease.

Benefit: Exercise boost the cells that help your body fight against colds, flu, and other illness. 

Exercising is one of life’s few things there is absolutely no downside to, so why not start now!

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