Exercise and Happiness
Exercise and fitness is like a tug of war for your mind. For instance, part of you envisions yourself getting stronger and fitter, while the other half prefers to sit on the couch and watch Netflix or play video games. Negative thoughts about exercising include:
- Why put more effort into my life?
- I’m fine doing less work
- Working out requires effort; I’m already tired from my job
- I won’t lose weight
- I’ll probably get tired within five minutes of exercising
- I don’t see any results
- It’s too much work
Right off the bat, your mind comes up with negative thoughts and reasons as to why you shouldn’t exercise. This is because it’s easier for your mind and body to relax and not put in any effort. Why? Because as humans, we prefer the easier route in life that maximizes results with little effort. The problem is that you can’t obtain the benefits of exercise and fitness if you don’t make an effort. Some people try to get away by exercising here and there; inconsistency leads to inconsistent results. Eliminate your negative schema about exercise with the following positive thoughts listed below.
Positive Thoughts that you need to start Implementing Regarding Exercising:
- Hard work pays off
- My mental health will improve
- My body-mind connection will improve
- I will feel more confident and better about myself
- My discipline will improve
- People will compliment me on my improved physique
- I will have more confidence in my ability to work hard
Exercise and Fitness: Just do it
You see, as with anything that requires hard work in life, negative thoughts often get in the way of succeeding. Negative thoughts have to be intentionally replaced with positive ones until your attitude shifts and the process of exercising becomes easier. It’s definitely possible. You just have to be willing to make a change and then put yourself out there to accomplish it. Ask yourself, what is it that I’m trying to accomplish? Are you looking for an improved physique? To lose weight? Or do you simply want to feel better about yourself? Also keep in mind that exercising is also great for your mental health and you’ll feel much better after a workout. The question is, are you willing to start?
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)