How to Improve Your Mindset Around Fitness
By Samantha Bednar
Online Health and Fitness Coach
1. Focus on Progress not Perfection
Starting is the hardest part. Thinking we have to be perfect right away is often what stops us from sticking to it. Just know that we all start somewhere, and that it is ok to modify on the go.
2. Start with Small, Realistic Goals
Do not start out by saying you want to lose 100 pounds, or get a sixpack. A week later, when this does not happen, you may feel defeated. Rather, start out by saying you want to feel accomplished, have increased energy, or gain confidence. These are non-scale victories that will help you in the long run.
3. Focus on Being Consistent and not Extreme
Do not start out by running a half marathon, or doing an hour-long workout. The start should be based on your physical activity level. If you have not worked out in years, start out by going for a 2-3 mile walk. Gradually increase the distance and pace. Your body will thank you.
4. Focus on Your Journey
It is perfectly fine to have goals and want results, but try to enjoy the process. Embrace each small victory you have along the way. This will help you appreciate the journey and keep you going longer.
5. Fall in Love with the Process, Create Habits that Help you Stay on Track
Find something that is sustainable to you. Be sure to find a routine that you are able to do longer than a couple of months. It will be easy to fall into the trap of old bad habits if you’re unable to find something you can do long term. Those bad habits will ruin the progress you’ve made.
6. Little Progress Each Day Adds up to Big Results
It is those small, that seem meaningless, actions we do every single day that will get us to where we want to be. Substituting a glass of water for that can of soda or taking the stairs instead of the elevator are some examples.
You can do hard things. Working on your mindset with these tips will help you! There is no stopping you!
About the Author:
Sam has been a health and fitness coach for almost two years. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology, with an emphasis in Health and Medical Sciences. As well as an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy. As a Respiratory Therapist, she gets to spend time with patients who have varying lung conditions, helping them exercise and regain lung function. At home, Sam is a wife and mother of two. She absolutely loves helping people get started on their health and fitness journey!