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Tip of the Week: “Exercise” is not a four letter word…

…but “fear” is.

Fill in the blank:

I don’t exercise because I am afraid…
A) I will look stupid
B) I will hurt myself
C) I will look stupid
D) I don’t know what I’m doing
E) I will look stupid
F) I might actually succeed and like it

If you answered:
A, C, or E – I will look stupid: The truth is that everyone else is also so afraid of looking stupid that no one is paying any attention to anyone else. I was once doing so badly in a Step class that the woman behind me picked up her step and moved to the other side of the room so I wouldn’t throw her off as well. Now, I could have crawled into a hole and never shown my face at a step class again but I tried again despite my various fears. I’m still not that great at Step but I now teach my own 1 hour dance class that can be even harder. In fact, there is a woman who takes my class who has obviously decided that looking stupid isn’t going to stop her. She dances with wild abandon, eyes closed, arms and legs flailing, and is only ever half the time doing the same thing as the rest of the class. The thing is, she’s having more fun than anyone and making it fun for the rest of us. I don’t think she “looks stupid” I think she’s inspirational.

B) I will hurt myself: Get yourself some help. Hire a trainer, talk to the class instructor beforehand to tell them you are new. Ask the gym staff to show you how to use the equipment.

D) I don’t know what I’m doing: See B and try a class, rent a DVD (Netflix rents exercise videos so you can try cardio belly dancing in the privacy of your own home.)

E) I might actually succeed: I once had a moment where I thought, ‘I don’t want to do this because then I’ll have to keep doing it.’ The thing is, you do have to keep doing it, but with the proper attitude and tools you’re actually going to want to.

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