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I really enjoy exercise.  Not too many people can say that.  Exercise to most people is a chore, something they have to do to lose weight, or fit in that outfit they bought for the wedding next month.  So, because it is a chore, then that means they feel like they have to reward themselves.  I see this all the time at the gym I go to, however also in my practice.  Everyone wants the REWARD.

Just last week I observed someone workout for about 15 minutes, and then proceed to leave the gym, proceeding straight to the fast food restaurant right across the parking lot.  I guess this was their “reward” for showing up.  The obvious problem with this behavior is that the food they are consuming post workout is absolutely going to negate any of the work that they just performed.  The not so obvious problem, is that this creates a habit, a bad habit that is set in stone by the satisfaction of the greasy reward, and feeling of fullness.

Habits  need to be kept in check at all times if you are to take your health to the next level.  My suggestion to this individual would be the following: Re-define what your reward will be for working out.  Obviously the feeling of doing something good for yourself is not satisfying enough, so find something else for now.  A different, healthier reward system such as:  Workout 10 days in a row and get a manicure right after the 10th workout.  Maybe just taking a drive to your favorite spot in the park, just to sit there and watch the river flow.  A little time alone to think.  You might just come up with something worthwhile…like a better reward of your own!

Here’s my reward to you for making it a habit of checking out my blog:

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Check your habits, and see your health take on a new dimension!

Matthew M Mix, DC