When I was heading into college I was so excited to learn about how the body works, how your metabolism works, and how to exercise with proper form and prevent injuries. I was so determined to be the best trainer ever. So you mean, “I can meet with people, show them how to exercise and they will just follow and do what I say?” Boy was I totally wrong! What I didn’t learn right away was the psychology of health. I can have all the exercise science degrees in the , but if I didn’t learn how to transform the mind, I would never help one single person. Did you ever read a book or watch an infomercial on a new workout or diet plan and get all excited to finally get fit? You get all excited start real well for the first week (or even a month) but then trail off into your old habits. What are you doing wrong? How come you can’t stick to it? It’s absolutely because you let your mind take over and make the decision to stop. Your brain is what determines your actions from waking up in the morning to skipping the gym at the end of the day. When you are sitting in your car leaving work, you can either head to the gym (like you planned to) or you can head home. Does your car decide where you will go? Absolutely not! Your mind determines where the car will go. How do we change this? If you are excited to go to the gym, of course you will choose that. How do we get excited about it? First you have to enjoy the exercise program you do and second you have to love yourself enough to take care of your body. So next time you hop on the wagon to take that first fitness journey step, make sure you work on your mind. Surround yourself with like minded people, read lots of motivational books, and make sure your house reflects health from what is in your fridge to organization that will decrease stress levels.
Happy Hump Day!
In our 25 days of fitness today is day 9. My tip for the day is read a book. Why? There is no better way to change your thinking than to read a good motivational inspiring book. I just finished a book called Mind Gym yesterday by Gary Mack and David Casstevens. It was all about going into the mind of an athlete from the perspective of a sports psychologist. It talked about how this psychologist would look at certain situations of athletes and dissected how they think and how he was able to chage their mindset to translate into performing better in their sport. Our minds are a powerful thing and if we don’t work on controlling our thoughts it will travel into our everyday life and effect actions. This is why I love reading books. It helps me develop as a business owner as well as keeping my mind positive to help others in their fitness journey AND keep up with my own. Whatever your goal is, whatever you may struggle with in your journey, find a good book to educate you and maybe just to renew your mind. The most successful people in the world read a lot of books. Try it and see what it does to your mind 😉
Life happens, and everyday is not a carbon copy of the last. I’ve owned a fitness studio for over 9 years now and seen all kinds of people come and go. There are some that are here everyday no matter what and others that sprinkle in every once in a while. With those that are the most consistent, what is it that keeps them coming everyday? Do they have less going on in their lives? Absolutely not! Now don’t get me wrong, tragedies happen which cause our lives to come to a halt and things get put on the back burner for a minute or two. Those that are the most consistent make fitness a part of who they are. These people have fitness as a habit so it gets worked into what ever they have going on. Work, family, friends, and relationships all have an effect on our schedules EVERYDAY. It’s up to you how you let it affect your routine. Are you going to stop brushing your teeth because your child is sick? I would venture to say that’s a no. Why? Because your teeth are important and you wouldn’t even think about skipping it because it is a habit. What other habits do you have that won’t quit in times of uncertainty? That answer is totally up to you. Write out your priorities today and view them (and do them) on a regular basis until they become a part of who you are. That’s when you will become one of those people who never quits.