The magic of brushing teeth

Meyken Houppermans, PhD. CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
Head Coach and Founder
Apply the magic of brushing teeth to exercise and you will never stop again!

We brush our teeth every day, multiple times per day. It is a daily habit. We do it without thinking about it. We hardly ever wonder if we feel like it or not. We do not reflect on the degree to which it makes us feel happy. We just do it as part of our daily routine.

While many of us are not aware of the health benefits of brushing our teeth*, we are aware of the health benefits of exercising regularly. Yet, for numerous reasons integrating exercise into our daily routine seems to be a big thing. Because we think 30 to 60 minutes per day is hard to integrate into our daily schedule; because we overthink if we are in the mood to exercise or if it makes us happy. In a nutshell: bla-bla arguments to not exercise every day.

If you have a goal, if you want something to happen, you just make it happen. You make it your priority and find ways to get it done (Is your goal actually your priority?) You simply make it happen, instead of reflecting on how it makes you feel, or instead of making excuses why you cannot do it, or instead of complaining or feeling sorry for yourself, your busy life, your injuries or whatever you consider obstacles.

Exercising is no more special or different than brushing your teeth, so you might as well approach it the same way. You just start, continue consistently, and never stop. You do not consider to stop brushing your teeth either, right? After a while of applying “the magic” of teeth brushing (aka just do it), you will notice that it is not even an option to reconsider it. It has become part of your daily routine.

Motivation often follows discipline and consistency (Movitation is an unreliable friend) You do not have to be motivated all the time to still do what you need to do and to enjoy the benefits in the long run.

Just start, now.

(*A white smile, fresh breath and less risk of infections. Oral hygiene is also associated with cardiorespiratory disease, preliminary birth and cognitive functioning.)

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