Exercise is great for getting fit, right? When you stick to your fitness routine, you’ll be fit in not time, right? It may be more challenging than that. If it was that easy, we’d all be walking around like fitness models. Since that is not the case, it’s obvious that getting fit can be a bit of a struggle. What is getting in our way?
Often, the biggest challenge when it comes to getting fit and healthy is our mindset. Positive thinking is key to reaching your optimal performance and fitness level. You can train your brain to think yourself fit. Here are some simple steps to follow:
Picture the outcome that you want to achieve. Whether you are training to lose a few pound or run a 5K, creating a mental picture for success is what will get your to your goal.
Your brain wants to focus on success. It’s like a dress rehearsal for your goals. The more you “rehearse” or practice, the mind will consider this as a reality. Try to make your thoughts about success as clear as possible. Imagine every step of the way. This is a great way to prep for the pressure that may come when taking on a new challenge.
Setting a huge goal can set you up to fail. Take training for a marathon as an example. This is a huge task. One that can be overwhelming if you think about it in its entirety. If you break it down into more manageable goals, the finish line becomes more attainable. When out for a run, you might picture a landmark that you want to reach as your next goal. Once you reach that spot, picture the next landmark you want to reach and so on.
Like a marathon, completely changing what you each may seem impossible. Little changes can make a big difference. For example, eat a piece of fruit each day instead of a bag of chips. Swapping out a few items is much easier than trying to take it all on at once. For other ideas, see this post.
Over time, small changes will come to equal progress in your quest to eat healthier. According to a study conducted at Northwestern University, small changes can result in a domino effect on other health-related habits.
Researchers set out to alter four unhealthy behaviors: eating too much saturated fat, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, spending too much time being sedentary, and not getting adequate exercise. But, instead of trying to tackle four problems at once, researchers found that a small reduction in TV time, along with eating more fruits and vegetables lead to a healthier lifestyle overall. In all, small changes have a ripple effect that extends into other aspects of your life.
Meditation has long been practiced in other countries. Scientists are looking into the power of meditation in our fast-paced lives. Medication can be a key element in achieving our goals. Here is my video about meditation for beginners.
When it comes to fitness, medication helps prepare you to deal with unexpected stress in our lives. As a busy mom, I have plenty of that. An intense training session may lead us to think about quitting. Having better abilities to deal with stress, can help us to push through. The power of positive thinking can have amazing results.