Exercise and Fitness

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)

29 Replies to “Exercise and Fitness”

  1. Don't Lose Hope – Director of the Online Counselling College and Coaching Skills International, both based in Calgary, Canada. We provide general and specialist training in counselling and coaching. You can contact me at: ann@coachingskillsintl.com
    Don't Lose Hope says:

    I find exercise to be a real mood changer, especially after a poor night’s sleep. It’s always worth making the effort.

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      Yes, I got a Peloton in May and it has been a great asset. So much easier to get motivated to exercise when it’s sitting in your room!

  2. Nirmalya Saha™️ – West Bengal, Murshidabad, India – Nothing extraordinary. Simple human being with a bit extra zeal to learn. Psychological first aid caregiver, Psychodynamic counsellor, Forensic psychology practitioner, Psychosocial and Motivational blogger/speaker/mentor. Wisdom Coach.
    Nirmalya Saha™️ says:

    Motivating!!

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      Do you exercise?

      1. Nirmalya Saha™️ – West Bengal, Murshidabad, India – Nothing extraordinary. Simple human being with a bit extra zeal to learn. Psychological first aid caregiver, Psychodynamic counsellor, Forensic psychology practitioner, Psychosocial and Motivational blogger/speaker/mentor. Wisdom Coach.
        Nirmalya Saha™️ says:

        Yes & tell others to do so.

      2. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
        Dr. Sinu MD says:

        Awesome! What do you do?

      3. Nirmalya Saha™️ – West Bengal, Murshidabad, India – Nothing extraordinary. Simple human being with a bit extra zeal to learn. Psychological first aid caregiver, Psychodynamic counsellor, Forensic psychology practitioner, Psychosocial and Motivational blogger/speaker/mentor. Wisdom Coach.
        Nirmalya Saha™️ says:

        I walk & exercise

      4. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
        Dr. Sinu MD says:

        What kind of exercise?

      5. Nirmalya Saha™️ – West Bengal, Murshidabad, India – Nothing extraordinary. Simple human being with a bit extra zeal to learn. Psychological first aid caregiver, Psychodynamic counsellor, Forensic psychology practitioner, Psychosocial and Motivational blogger/speaker/mentor. Wisdom Coach.
        Nirmalya Saha™️ says:

        Push up, sit up, stretching & free hand.

      6. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
        Dr. Sinu MD says:

        Awesome! Much more than what many people do! Goof job Nirmalya

      7. Nirmalya Saha™️ – West Bengal, Murshidabad, India – Nothing extraordinary. Simple human being with a bit extra zeal to learn. Psychological first aid caregiver, Psychodynamic counsellor, Forensic psychology practitioner, Psychosocial and Motivational blogger/speaker/mentor. Wisdom Coach.
        Nirmalya Saha™️ says:

        Thank you..

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Sinu MD says:

      We all doubt ourselves. Question is, do you have a grip on it?

  3. TarasFitWorld – Hey! I'm Tara, I was born in Lebanon and raised in Romania. I'm a writer with a passion for fitness. I graduated with a BA in Communications and a Minor in Advertising and Public Relations from the Lebanese American University of Beirut. Other hobbies of mine include singing, travelling, shopping, skincare, my dog and reading books!
    TarasFitWorld says:

    Great insights, our beliefs definitely play a role in our success!

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Alexander says:

      Thanks Tara! Our beliefs are half the battle. By aligning your intention with your workout, you manifest the results you want

  4. Hoppa Foods – Hoppa is an Australian superfood brand with a range of sustainable and high-protein nutrition foods made from crickets.Hoppa products taste delicious and are healthy for muscle growth.
    Hoppa Foods says:

    Really very nice information. Exercise is a very important part of human life for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and fitness.

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Alexander says:

      Absolutely. What exercises do you enjoy?

  5. Sid – I am a 25 year old woman, finding my purpose in this world while overcoming mental health issues. I want to share how I got where I am! I am brand new to the blogging world - I started this for personal growth and hopes to touch someone else out there that can relate.
    Sid says:

    you’re spot on with this! fitness feeds the soul and is a great outlet for people struggling with mental health.

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Alexander says:

      Exactly. It makes you feel really good mentally as if a reset button were pressed

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Alexander says:

      What’s your routine?

    1. Dr. Alexander – New York City Area – Dr. Alexander, a psychiatry resident in the New York City area is the founder of The DSM Ready Movement: an international community which focuses on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind. DSM Ready has three goals: 1) End mental health stigma and normalize mental health 2) Provide a safe and nonjudgmental place to share thoughts, feelings and advice about mental health 3) Maximize happiness and well-being 😎 Dr. Alexander can be reached on: dsmready.com linkedin.com/in/psychheals/
      Dr. Alexander says:

      Why not?

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