Have you tried and failed to make progress in fitness?
This happens to a lot of people and many of them tend to think they can’t do it. But nothing is further from the truth. Making a few changes in your mindset can turn the tide and set you up for a successful health & fitness journey.
If you think of fitness as a chore, you will disengage positivity. In this state, everything you do will lack enthusiasm. And without enthusiasm, there is no commitment. This can cause you to engage in habits that may cancel out any progress you could be making. What’s the hack? Maintaining a positive mindset.
For instance, if you want to lose weight, you need to make lifestyle changes such as adopting healthy eating and exercising. You can join a health club or gym and commit to working out three days a week. However, because you consider this a chore, it bores you and you dread going back the next day. So, at the end of each workout session, what do you do? Yes – eat comfort treats! You do this every day after working out and then wonder why you are gaining weight instead of losing it. Do you see the power that having a positive mindset has?
Engage Your Mindset to Develop Motivation
Fitness, like many other achievements, begins in your mind. It starts as an idea; a desire. The desire helps you to see the image of the body you wish to have. By spending time to ‘see’ or imagine the wonderful person you can become, you engage your mind to partner with you.
The problem comes when you start working out and realize that exercising demands your time, effort and commitment. For most people, this is the beginning of failure. They choose to stick within their comfort zone and forget that fitness is a long journey. But, if you are reading this, you want to develop motivation that will help you achieve your fitness goals.
How to Develop a Positivity Mindset
In order to develop motivation for fitness, you must keep the picture of what you want to achieve in your mind. You must also develop a positive attitude towards the actions you need to take in order to achieve success.
Tips To Develop A Positive Mindset
At whatever stage you are in your journey towards fitness, do the following:
- Think of all the good things that fitness can help you achieve, and write them down: better health, strong body, great figure, love, promotion, more energy to play with your kids, etc.
- Think of the things you need to do to become fit, and write them down. These include beginning to exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, eating more raw foods, reducing processed carbohydrate intake, drinking more water, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking, jogging, etc.
- Think of any good things that can happen, or have happened in your quest for fitness. These include meeting a beautiful woman or a handsome man, feeling good about reaching your goal of doing 100 squats, making your first successful weight loss salad, getting a restful sleep after working out, etc.
- Now, make positive statements using your notes in 1, 2 and 3. These statements should affirm to you the benefits that you get/ can get through activities geared towards fitness.
Sample positive affirmation statements for fitness include:
- I enjoy working out to develop a healthy body
- I eat more raw foods that provide my body with more vitamins for better health
- I enjoy eating healthy food and working out because they make me healthy and strong
- I look forward to going to exercising so I can push myself and challenge my limits
- I am working towards running three kilometers every morning
- I know that working out strengthens my mind and body
- I am happy that after working out I get deep, restful sleep
- I am happy that my fitness is growing every day
- I enjoy every step of my journey to fitness
Read your affirmation statements every morning when you wake up and just before you sleep. Soon, these will be part of your belief system. You will be motivated to keep moving forward in your journey to a happier, healthier, stronger you!
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