Unfortunately, studies show that many people start an exercise routine with the best intentions but quickly give up because they do not see their expected results.
This can be a variety of factors: age, lack of commitment, injury, or unrealistic expectations about how much you can improve your fitness level.
We forget that many other things outside our control influence our fitness levels, such as stress, diet, and sleep quality.
But attitude plays an important part in your success as well too – it’s not just about how hard you work or what you do but also how you feel about it. Your attitude could have a huge impact on whether you succeed at reaching your goals or not.
So How Can You Develop A Positive Attitude?
You can change your attitude by changing your thoughts and beliefs about yourself. Here are some tips to consider:
Never expect to look like a fitness model. Realize that there is a distinct difference between being fit and being ripped. Please don’t compare yourself with others on the Internet or in magazines: you can never be as fit as they appear to be. Think of fitness goals that are still attainable without causing harm to your physical health (e.g., losing weight).
Maintain a Healthy Diet:
Maintain a balanced diet with a healthy amount of protein and complex carbs. You should also eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Improve Your Sleep Quality:
Most people feel guilty about choosing to sleep in when there’s work to be done. But sleeping for a full eight hours is crucial for keeping your body energized, which helps you lose weight and build muscle. Make sure your sleep is restful and without any disturbance from snoring or a hectic schedule the night before.
It’s important to exercise regularly but not too much when you first start exercising, as this could strain both your joints and muscles, resulting in pain and injury.
It’s important to be realistic in how much you can do. Overtraining can cause physical and emotional burnout – there is a limit on how much your body/mind can handle.
Detach yourself from the results:
It’s important not to attach a “story” or emotion to other people’s results – or your own. Other people’s expectations don’t count, nor do their compliments or criticism of your body. You deserve to be the only person who matters in this regard.
For some people, exercise is defined as something you do when you’re stressed out, which is why it often becomes another source of stress. Remember, exercise is not a punishment for stress but rather a way to relieve it.
Accept yourself for who you are: Being in shape is not the same as being healthy. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t look like a fitness model – accept that you are who you are and feel good about that.
Celebrate Your Victories:
It’s important to celebrate your victories – completing a 50km cycling or running race or hitting a specific goal in the gym. It’s just as important to celebrate your small accomplishments, too; it’s about adding up all the little wins that make you feel proud of yourself.
Have fun: Being fit is not about being perfect and having to compete with other people – it’s about having fun and enjoying yourself. Enjoy being with your friends and family, going for walks and active pursuits, running in the park, playing sports, and even dancing if that’s what you do at home!
Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others:
Making comparisons is the most unhelpful way of thinking. Nothing is ever as good or bad compared to other things.
But how can you ensure that you are staying motivated? If you’re finding it difficult to push yourself these days, why not try something different, such as challenging yourself to think of a good reason why you should continue exercising.
You may also want to consider trying some new exercises. The great thing about having a personal trainer at home is that there are no excuses for not exercising!
Being fit should be about enjoying the feeling of being healthy and looking after yourself and your body – not about punishing your body for any perceived fault or failure.
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