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    Default Is it bad to use exercise to punish one's self?

    I am wondering, is it bad to use exercise to punish one's self if there is no way for you to enjoy it?

    I mean, at least then it's happening, right? :workout:
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    I think "punish" is too strong of a word...if you think of it in terms of punishment, or that you're "bad" or weak or whatever negative self-talk you doing...then you're never going to enjoy exercise and that's a very unhealthy way to look at it.

    On the other hand, self-discipline is a somewhat necessary part of life, especially when it comes to one's health.

    Do you see the difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    I think "punish" is too strong of a word...if you think of it in terms of punishment, or that you're "bad" or weak or whatever negative self-talk you doing...then you're never going to enjoy exercise and that's a very unhealthy way to look at it.

    On the other hand, self-discipline is a somewhat necessary part of life, especially when it comes to one's health.

    Do you see the difference?
    No, not at all.

    I've been sitting here sobbing hysterically and having a panic attack and saying I'm dying and in such horrible pain and the first thing I think is I need to get back on that fucking treadmill to make it worse.
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    Exercise is a liberator by investing in yourself. By thinking that exercise is a means to limit freedom, as punishment, there will be a cognitive dissonance and will create more problems.

    Imagine what happens if you thought learning was a form of punishment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by durentu View Post
    Exercise is a liberator by investing in yourself. By thinking that exercise is a means to limit freedom, as punishment, there will be a cognitive dissonance and will create more problems.

    Imagine what happens if you thought learning was a form of punishment.
    Exercise always has been a form of punishment, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Exercise always has been a form of punishment, though.
    really? where? The military and gym class doesn't count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by durentu View Post
    really? where? The military and gym class doesn't count.
    At home.

    It's kind of like, I guess, "why not make chores a game?" only with exercise and punishment instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    At home.
    have fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by durentu View Post
    have fun
    I watch everyone else do it.
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    Yes, it's bad to use exercise as punishment. Find some kind of exercise that you enjoy doing. You're not going to do it if you don't find it enjoyable. Whether it's dancing, walking, doing yoga, playing a team sport, swimming, jogging, biking...find something that you enjoy spending time doing. For me, I like hitting a little ball against a backstop with some kind of hand-held item. And I prefer to do it alone, without a team mate (I tend to prefer solitary exercise). This means that my kind of exercise is either hitting a tennis ball against a backstop on my own, or raquetball court on my own, not playing against another player, but just testing my own mettle by playing against myself.

    I also have to admit that I like repetitious, mindless exercise where I don't need to expend a lot of thought. This usually means solitary exercise on a treadmill or stationery bike at the gym. I know this is not the preferred method of exercise for many people, but it works for me, so that's what I do. I pop in my iPod earbuds, zone out to some great music and not think about anything for a change. So what kind of exercise do you enjoy doing?
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