How to Motivate Yourself to Workout with the Help of EFT
By Jennifer Siering
Beth had been having challenges motivating herself to work out. She was setting her alarm clock for 7:00 am every morning, but then pushing the snooze button for so long that she not only had no time to work out, but also ended up being late for work every day.
On top of the lack of motivation, she was telling herself that it was okay to miss one day of exercising.
But whenever she missed two days, her week was “ruined,” which meant waiting until the beginning of the next week to start her plan all over again. We tested her SUD level of intensity for “I don’t want to work out in the morning” and it was at a 10 out of 10.
We began the tapping by having her envision herself in the morning, lying in her bed, and hearing her alarm go off. In this visualization, Beth’s strongest feeling was that she didn’t want to get out of her bed because it was so comfortable.
We tapped on:
“Even though I just don’t want to get out of my bed, I’m way too comfortable lying here, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though there’s no way I want to get out of this bed to exercise, I feel so comfortable in this bed, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I don’t want to go exercise right now, I’m way too comfortable lying here, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
After a few rounds, I asked her to picture the same scene again. Her resistance to exercising was down to a SUD of 7, and now she was thinking, “I don’t have to get up right now. I can sleep a bit longer. Five more minutes won't make a difference."
We tapped on these new thoughts and feelings:
“Even though 5 more minutes won’t make a difference, I can just push snooze one more time, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway.”
“Even though I don’t have to get up right now, I can exercise in a few more minutes, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway.”
“Even though I just want to sleep a little bit more, I don’t have to get up right now, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway.”
Once we had tapped a few rounds on this, we went back to the visualization to see how Beth was feeling about exercising now. She had shifted to a new aspect and now was just thinking about how much work it was for her to even get to the gym. Beth told me she had to find the right clothes, get all the way to the gym, search for a place in the crowded gym to work out, and then decide what exercises to do.
We started tapping on these issues:
“Even though it’s such a pain to even get to the gym, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway.”
“Even though I’m dreading even thinking about going, it’s always such a hassle to even find a place to work out, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I don’t want to deal with all of these headaches in the morning, especially just for exercising, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway.”
Some of these issues cleared very quickly. For example, finding the right clothes was no longer an issue after a round or two of tapping. Beth also quickly decided she could choose the exercises she would do the night before to simplify her morning routine. Once a few of these aspects cleared, we went back to Beth picturing herself in the morning to see how she was reacting now to the idea of exercising.
In her visualization, Beth was now easily getting out of bed and getting dressed, but was feeling angry that she had to exercise while naturally thin people don’t have to.
“Even though it’s not fair that other people can sleep in and not exercise, and still be so naturally thin, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though it’s just not fair that I have to wake up early in the morning to exercise and other people don’t even have to worry about this, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I’m really angry that I have to work out and other people don’t, they’re naturally thin and I’m not, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
We tested the image one more time after clearing this aspect. This time, when Beth pictured herself in the morning, she woke up easily with the alarm, put on her clothes, and went to the gym without any problems. Her SUD level for “I don’t want to work out in the morning” was at a 0.
At the end of the session, I told her not to worry if she did not want to get up and exercise the next morning, because that simply meant there were additional aspects of the issue that we hadn’t tapped on.
However, I asked her to write down all the reasons why she didn’t want to get up, so we could tap on those aspects during the next session.