6 Ways to Develop the Fitness Mindset
somtimes we forget that a big part of making progress with exercise and fitness is – Mindset.
Why do people fail at committing and sustaining an exercise program? Noone really knows the awnser but here are a few points that might help.
1. It needs to purposeful. We need to develop a set of reasons that genuinely inspire us to commit to a lifestyle of health and fitness. Take a few minutes and write down the reasons why you would like to be fit. What is the payoff to feeling and looking good? How will it benefit you? What will it do for your family? There are many questions you can ask yourself, but the bottom line is that you need the right reasons to do it day after day.
2. We need to tell ourselves the right things. What we say to ourselves is a direct reflection on our attitudes, effort, and habits. Are you telling yourself that exercise is “fun” or are you saying to yourself that it is boring, painful, or hard?” If you are saying those negative statements to yourself, you need to start telling yourself more resourceful things. “I feel so good after I exercise.” “Exercise helps me to sleep better at night.” “After I work out, I feel a sense of accomplishment, and I am proud of myself for doing it.” Any long-term behavior starts in your mind. At first, it is repeatedly telling yourself the right things to get you going. After a time, it becomes a habit.
3. Exercise needs to be in your schedule. When we schedule anything, it is a priority for us to complete. We all begin our day thinking about what is on our “to-do” list. A work out needs to be one of those items on your list. If it is scheduled, it becomes essential for you to get it done — the more specific you are, the better. What time will it be? What will you be doing in the workout?
4. Visualize your success. What does it look like to have the body you want? How does it feel to be in great shape? What do your loved ones say to you about your improvement? When we spend a little time in our mind imagining our success, we move in the direction of what we repeatedly see ourselves becoming.
5. Find an accountability partner. This person can be a person you work out with each day or someone who holds you accountable for what you say you are going to do. This could also be your personal trainer.
6. Decide to take 100% responsibility for your health and fitness. Taking responsibility means we will not make excuses or blame others. If you say you are going to do something, do it. If you don’t, do not blame someone else or make an excuse. A mindset of strength includes holding ourselves accountable and looking in the mirror and being honest with things in our lives. If you do not like how you look, it is your problem, and you are the only one who can solve it. Excuses, blaming others, or rationalizing will not fix the problem. Only you can fix the problem.
Everybodys Gym Team