We hear it all the time, right? An age-old question that intends to persuade us into a low-cost or risk-free action that leads us to the possibility of reward. It's one we often ask, too, when we offer new clients their first class free. Most of the time, the question is rhetorical in nature. But when it comes to exercise and your wellbeing, there's a lot to lose.
To be fair, the way to answer this question really is all about perspective. It depends on what we're losing when we exercise. Is it time, money, or something else that holds perceived value in your life? OR is what we're losing something bigger and better. Think about all you could lose when you exercise. The stress caused by a hard day at work? Negative feelings from a situation that just didn't turn out the way you expected? Self-doubt? Excess weight? Risk for certain chronic diseases?
As you can see, there are many ways to answer this question, none of them being right or wrong. These answers are completely personal to YOU, and represent a phenomenon in behavioral psychology called decisional balance. Behavior change theory suggests that we take the next step toward action when we first decide for ourselves that the pros (e.g., the loss of stress and risk for disease) outweigh the cons (e.g., the loss of time, money).
Maybe your next step doesn't have to involve expensive fitness trackers, hours spent creating vision boards, or researching quick fixes. Perhaps the secret involves a simple question to yourself...what have you got to lose (or, because we love options at CADENCE, what have you got to GAIN?). Write out your pros and cons...where do they stack up?
At CADENCE, we're here for you in that next step. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have. Remember, all memberships come with complimentary health coaching -- someone who understands the process of behavior change and can help work through strategies with you. We hope to see you soon!