How to Prevent Negative Self-Judgement from Sabotaging Your Exercise Habit

by | Oct 17, 2016


Elizabeth wishes she could form a more regular exercise habit, but every time she tries she finds herself lacking in motivation. While she describes herself as “not inactive” she wishes she did more “proper exercise” a few days a week.

Sometimes she is able to put together a good streak, but inevitably her efforts are undermined by feeling she isn’t up to the task. If she feels uncomfortable with her body or finds her workouts too hard, she starts to feel like a failure.

This perfectionist streak causes her to negatively judge herself to a point where exercise becomes an unpleasant rather than uplifting experience. As a result she finds herself avoiding exercise completely.

Together we discuss strategies to get out of the judgment loop and back into enjoying being active for its own sake.

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