There is an unquestionable connection between physical health and mental health. In order to maximize your physical health and performance you need to have the right attitude. Of course, most people are not professionals, but the guiding principles still apply.
Starting from Scratch
Mentally preparing oneself, for what will be a lifelong process of keeping physically fit, is difficult. The tendency for most people is to fall back into old patterns of behavior. The truth is, people are comfortable with their old lifestyle and that is where they prefer to be. Making the change is a personal battle, but you can mentally prepare yourself for the struggle, and be successful.
Building Confidence and Mentally Preparing for Fitness
Many people, especially those who are overweight, look at the scale and immediately get discouraged. This is disheartening to say the least, especially when people expect immediate results. It’s important to remember that it will take less time to take off the extra pounds than it did to put them on. But the key is consistency.
Some folks are too critical of themselves, and try to meet other people’s expectations. Another issue is a pattern of failure they have come to expect. The thinking is, “Trying to change will not work because I will end up back at where I started. That is how I got to where I am.” To be successful at establishing a physical fitness routine you need to take notice of the small victories.
If You Fail: Try, Try Again
More often than not, people who are trying to make significant lifestyle changes often get depressed during the process. Getting your body back into shape is no different. However, people who are recovering from drug dependency, or years of an unhealthy lifestyle, may find it difficult because the task ahead of them is akin to attempting a climb up Mount Everest. Rehab can be a possible solution, but even that step requires a person to make the mind-body connection. If people give in to the idea that nothing matters, self-destructive behaviors can evolve or return.
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Furthermore, a positive approach is to celebrate (not too much) the small but noticeable changes in your progress. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds and your lose one – a small celebration is in order. If your goal is to walk five miles and you walk five city blocks – a small celebration is in order. The idea is not to try to do everything at once, but to allow your confidence to build (mind) while your body produces the measurable results of your effort.
It is likely you will have times where you will slide backward in your quest. This is not a time to get discouraged, but to reset your mind and recognize that it is a war – and you may not win every battle. Again, consistency and patience are two key qualities you can mentally develop to see yourself through all the way to the end.
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