They say that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, but the reverse statement is equally crucial for anyone hoping to get in the shape of their life. Learn to build a winning mind-set, and your chances of achieving those fitness goals will look better than ever.
Gaining the winning mentality isn’t always easy, but these eight steps will keep you on the right track.
#1. visualise The Rewards
Everyone has their individual reasons for wanting to get fit. Ultimately, though, you’re taking control of your health in a bid to unlock a better life. Keep hold of that vision and use it as the driving force behind your transformation. While this will help you at all times, it will feel especially rewarding during those moments of self-doubt.
#2. Be Confident
Having a goal is one thing, but it counts for very little if you don’t genuinely think you’ll achieve it. Don’t be afraid to motivate and reassure yourself with regular encouragement after each win, no matter how small. Meanwhile, it’s important to remember that positivity breeds positivity. Surround yourself with those that support your journey, and you should be just fine.
#3. Gain Control
Planning doesn’t only maximise your results, it also helps you realise that your actions are the only thing that will truly influence your weight and body image. As soon as you appreciate this fact, making smarter decisions on a daily basis should become a lot easier. And with the right choices, those perfect results should soon follow.
#4. Beat Stress Influence
Modern life is very stressful, and nothing will change that. Those difficult moments are where you’re most likely to make excuses and grab a takeaway or skip exercise. Develop coping mechanisms, even if it’s simply turning to the right foods during those moments or just taking a 5 minute walk, and the journey will feel far less bumpy. Those benefits should extend to other aspects of your life too.
There are already studies exploring how yoga for instance can effect weight loss, and while the results are inconclusive at this point, it does seem that its effect on stress may support a better chance to achieve your fat loss goals.
#5. Get Organised
Your new lifestyle relies heavily on the sense of organisation, and clutter at home or work makes it very tough to establish the right mindset. Learn to take control in this part of your life, and it’ll allow you to retain focus on the weight loss journey. Besides, the new surroundings instantly bring a mental link to encourage new habits.
#6. Stop Making Excuses
Nobody said the road to a healthier lifestyle would be easy, and it would be very easy to make excuses. Doing this will severely restrict your progress and slow the process down, which can lead to throwing the towel in. If you have a perceived problem, find a solution. Otherwise, you’ll allow yourself to become lazy and unfocused.
Being organised in general builds a solid platform, but planning your actual fitness journey is another altogether. Getting fit requires perseverance. Keep working at positive habits and they’ll soon become second nature. As long as you keep moving in the right direction, the speed of the transformation shouldn’t feel overly important. Remember though, you're only human that can make mistakes. Don't punish yourself for slip-ups, just get back on track asap.
#8. Show Satisfaction
While it’s important to stay focused on the journey ahead, you should take the time to appreciate your progress. Likewise, it’s great to see others as your inspiration, but you mustn’t dwell on the inferiority complex. After all, millions of people would love to be in your shoes. Be grateful for what you have while striving for more, and you won’t go far wrong.
With those eight simple ideas building a healthy mind, a healthy body should follow. If you have any questions on he above or need more individual advice for your situation, feel free to get in touch.
Owner and creator of One Small Step, Joe has been in the health and fitness industry for 8 years and takes an all-round approach to his coaching.