A positive outlook is important if you want to be happy. It’s twice as important if you want to be fit. It is extremely critical to think positively about your ability to stick to your goals if you want to reach them.
Fitness isn’t just about eating right and working hard at the gym. It’s about keeping your mind clear of negative thinking patterns so that you can maintain good eating habits and fitness routines for a lifetime. Remember, the greatest part of yourself that you need to strengthen in order to be fit is not your body; it’s your mind.
If you’re prone to negative thinking patterns (we’ve all been there!) recognize it and put out these “mental fires” before they become bigger and get out of control. Flip the Switch! Change a negative into a positive. For example change this:“Ugh, I can’t do this. I am never going to lose any weight!”
To this: “You know what? I can do this. I’ve been through tougher things than this. Being fit is important to me. I am getting my butt to the gym and I am working my tail off because afterward I am going to feel like a million bucks.”
The one thing that has kept me fit over the years has not been eating healthy foods and working hard at the gym. It is my attitude. I want to be healthy. I want to be disease free. I want to feel good in what I am wearing, and I want to use my body to do what it was meant to do; move. That means running, climbing, biking, walking, sprinting, and lifting.
Positive Self Talk Strategies
Positive self talk is important before, during, and after a workout. I read about the concept years ago in a Women’s Health magazine and have carried the idea with me ever since. The concept is based in the idea of developing and practicing positive self-talking each day to keep you on the right track. For example, each time I am lacking energy or motivation, I tell myself I can do it, I will do it, and that I’m gonna rock it. During myworkout: I tell myself to push it, run it, and lift it. I tell myself not to stop when I am tired, but stop when I am done. After a workout: I congratulate myself on a job well done. Think it sounds silly? Try it for one week. Be your own biggest supporter, coach, and personal trainer. Bask in the positive energy you’ve given yourself and in the happy, satisfied tiredness that comes after a hard workout session.
Believe that you can work hard and you will work hard.
Believe that you can stay away from junk food and you will.
Believe you can run that last sprint and you do!
Do not let self-defeating thoughts and behaviors get in the way of your future happiness. Pick up that gym bag, hop in the car (or even better, on your bike!), go to the gym, work hard for 45 minutes, shower, and go home. Just like that. Check it off the list of things to do. Repeat this plan 5 times a week for 4 weeks and you are on your way to becoming a happier, healthier, stronger version of you.
Advice for Thinking Happier Thoughts
My last bit of advice to you sums up establishing positive thinking patterns:
- Take baby steps. Think about what you want and set realistic goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure by assuming, for example, that you’re going to be able to run 20 miles in 4 weeks if you’re a beginning runner. Sign up for a running group at your local fitness center and make that your starting point.
- Remember to Flip the Switch: Recognize your negative thought patters and change negative thoughts to positive ones. Slowly, you will begin to recognize your negative thought patterns and you can begin to change them.
I hope this advice resonates with you. Maybe you have learned the power of positive thinking and you know how greatly it can affect healthy living and your personal wellness journey. Or, maybe this concept is something you’ve heard about but did not put into practice until now. Set a goal to get your body moving and sweating regularly and you will slowly begin to feel better about yourself and your life.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
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