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The Mental Aspect of Fitness

What’s your fitness goal for 2015? Whether it’s to run your first race, improve your strength, or lean out and lose fat, there is one muscle you’re going to have to flex more than any other to make that goal a reality. I’m talking about your mental muscle—that’s right, your brain. What you think you can (or can’t) do plays a huge role in your fitness success? It’s the mental aspect of fitness, and it’s absolutely essential to achieving positive change.

If you want to get your head in the game this year—and I think you do (and believe you can)—start with these simple steps for boosting your mental preparedness.

  1. Practice positive affirmations. Spend less time thinking up excuses not to reach for the stars and more time reminding yourself of the reasons why you want to change your body for the better. Spend a few minutes before every workout visualizing your final goal and imagining how wonderful it will feel when you reach it and what you will look like when you achieve your goal. Cheer yourself on at every opportunity, and remember that each workout gets you a step closer to better fitness.
  1. Choose activities you enjoy. If you want to develop a positive attitude towards exercise, you have to choose a workout you enjoy. Don’t run if you truly hate doing it. Don’t spin if you don’t feel inspired by it. Don’t buy a particular set of exercise DVDs just because all of your friends have purchased it. Instead, try different activities until you discover one or more that you find exciting. When you enjoy what you’re doing, it’s easier to focus and stick with your program.
  1. Set realistic goals. While dreaming big is great, it’s best to find ways to break those big dreams into smaller, more achievable pieces. With each small goal you meet, your confidence and enthusiasm will grow—and it will be easier to strike out towards the next one. For example, rather than pledging to lose 30 pounds in two months, you could set a goal of three pounds a week for 10 weeks. These smaller successes will help you stay motivated—and you’ll eventually reach that bigger goal.
  1. Think “tough” thoughts. Don’t expect training for a race, building muscle, or losing weight to be easy. It won’t be easy but it is doable. You might have to push your body past its comfort zone—safely, of course—in order to make fitness gains. Mental toughness can make all the difference between success and failure. Whereas some people might quit because they are tired, sore or feel discouraged by progress that is slower than they expected, mental strength will allow you to continue in spite of the hardships—and you’ll be well on your way to realizing all the gains.

What is the one fitness goal you will like to accomplish in 2015? How can I help you achieve that? Email me at to let me know. My goal this year is to help as many people as possible accomplish their fitness goals and that includes you.



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