Embracing Fitness: The Mental Side Of Getting Fit

If you’re like me, and you’re not a natural gym bunny, then getting fit is a trial to be endured. Not only do you have to push your body day-in and day-out, but you need the mental fortitude to see your fitness regime through. As someone who took a long time to find the right fitness programme, today I thought I’d talk about how in order to do so, I had to develop the right mindset.

Two year journey

A while back, I regaled you with the incredible tale of my two journey to becoming a fitter me. It took a lot of hard graft, determination and above all, resilience. I’d spent years trying fad diets and crazy exercise regimes and none of them worked. Oh they were effective at first, but it never lasted. I’d always lose motivation eventually, regain the weight and start the whole cycle all over again.

So how did I do it? First, I crafted a dietary plan which catered to my personality and lifestyle. Basically, it’s my version of the five/two rule; being good in the week and pigging out like Caligula at one of his infamously decadent parties on the weekend. I teamed this with a versatile fitness regime, exercising for about half an hour several times a week so I’d get fit without going way too far.

State of mind

A big part of my miraculous transformation was putting myself in the right state of mind. I’m the sort of person where if I’m at work, I’m totally on the ball, but it’s harder for me to motivate myself at home, where there are far too many distractions (like my favourite soaps). Plus, the temptation of the off license, which sells all my favourite chocolate, a few minutes away is very hard to overcome!

So how did I do it? I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s OK to fail. As long as you get back on the horse and start full-on galloping straight after. But it was more than that. I had to commit long term, by realising that this wasn’t something that could happen overnight, and that in order to keep and stay fit, I had to see this new regime of mine as a lifestyle – not merely a side project.

Helpful advice

I also developed a few coping mechanisms, which helped me maintain the strong mental state that I needed in order to reach my goal. And now, I pass this wisdom onto you…

  • Don’t use scales: You’ll never be satisfied. In order to judge whether your fitness regime is working, ask yourself. What do I look like in the mirror? That’s far more accurate!
  • Treat yourself every once in a while: It’s OK to eat something naughty if you’re in a really bad mood – abstaining absolutely will make you miserable. But try not to make a habit of it.
  • Go week-to-week: Are you having a bad week? That’s OK, it happens to the best of us. Just tell yourself you can always make it up next week, so you stay in a positive frame of mind.
  • Go with the flow: Have your circumstances changed? Don’t let that derail you, just because you’ve gotten into a routine. Think about how you can change your fitness regime to meet the needs of your altered lifestyle, so you have the proactive approach needed to succeed.
  • Listen to other people: When people tell you that you look good, don’t dismiss them out of turn. Embrace it. This will help you build the confidence you need to see all this through.

You can do it!

A can do attitude will get you far in life. If you always look on the bright side of life, the universe will reward your optimism. It’s up to you to open doors for yourself, and if you follow the advice in this article, you’ll place yourself on the path to your own amazing fitness transformation in future!

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