Instead of saying “I can’t do this workout for whatever excuse” say “I currently struggle with this exercise because I’m new to it!” Keeping ourselves motivated is all about the positive self talk, and kicking the negative self talk to the curb. Is it easy? Heck no. Is it worth it? HECK YEA!
It is true that we are our own worst critics, but it also true that a large part of our workouts are mental. Our minds will give up long before our bodies will. The trick is learning to listen to our body and trusting it to take itself to its limits and just beyond safely and turning the chatter off. We can easily talk ourselves out of a workout, trust me. I’ve discussed that already this week. But our bodies crave that activity. The body actually thrives on it. Have you ever noticed how much more you can do, how much easier things come to you, when you get up and are active more often?
When our bodies get used to more activity, the sore at the beginning begins to wear off and we are able to create new limits and new goals. It is important to our health to get up and get active and fuel our bodies. Yes part of that fuel is nutrition, but another big part is our fitness and activity levels. Muscle and strength keep us going where inactivity and atrophy keep us back.
My challenge for you today is to work on that negative self talk. Find an affirmation (either online, in a book or even write one for yourself) that helps to motivate you and keep you going. Find something that encourages you when your mind wants to quit. Then place it somewhere prominent. By your computer, on the fridge, on the bathroom mirror, on the front door. Where ever you will see it often. And use it to keep you going. Use it to help form your goals and stick to them.
Once you have that affirmation, get up and get active. Get up and do something for 30 minutes. Your body, your mind, and your mood will thank you! You’ve got this. And I’m here, cheering you on! Happy Saturday all.