Mind Over Matter – Fitness and Weight Loss Matter

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What you think can impact your exercise regime almost as much as what you do? Negative thoughts can hurt your performance, reduce the benefits that you will receive and even keep you from exercising as frequently as you should. On the other hand positive thoughts can have the exact opposite effect.
Here are four mental tricks to try:

1. Always think “Yes, I can”.
Generating positive thoughts can help you perform better although it may feel strange at first. Research shows that people who use positive self-talk, actually saying to themselves “I am strong, I am able, I can do this” really do so better than those who talk negatively.

2. Avoid “trash talk”.
Insults will not get you motivated or fired up as the more negative talk people use the worse they perform. Wipe statements such as “I am lazy; I am clumsy; I am a failure, I am terrible at (insert your downfall here)” from your vocabulary forever.

3. Counter any negative thoughts.
If you are in the middle of your exercise session and thinking, “This is really hard” or “I can’t do this” may actually make you suffer more. Replace self-defeating thoughts with positive ones to keep you going and make your exercise session feel easier. For instance, counter “I am so tired” with “I am going to feel so energized when I am done!”

4. Is exercise really for me?
Perhaps you have a negative attitude toward exercise and activity. Maybe through no fault of your own, past physical education or athletic experiences may have created this outlook.

Experiences such as never being good at sporting activities at school have nothing to do with being able to enjoy an exercise program. We all have to learn new skills from time to time and learning these skills is very important to your current and future health and well-being.

There is a huge feeling of accomplishment when you finish a work out. You have the ability to do more things in everyday life with a sense of energy and can live life to its fullest. The investment of time and effort will be paid off with many hours of enjoyable times in your life that would be more difficult or even impossible with low levels of fitness and energy.

If you can get yourself past the hurdle of starting an exercise regime and stick to it long enough to realize the benefits, you have succeeded at something crucial to the quality and longevity of your life.

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