Mind Over Matter: The Mental Side of Health and Fitness

Even if you didn’t watch the Super Bowl, you can’t escape the hype surrounding the multi-million-dollar commercial spots that reached more than 100 million viewers. Every year marketers jockey for the most brand recognition with clever, serious, thoughtful, or funny ads. And there’s always a few that heat things up with some incredibly fit men or women.

Change Your Mind. Change Your Life.

Unfortunately, the so-called ideal-body-type is everywhere you look (TV, magazines, and millions of websites). It’s great to have goals like losing weight, running a marathon, or building muscle. But constantly comparing yourself to others can interfere with becoming your best self, says New York Times best-selling-author and body-image-expert Geneen Roth:

“You are not a mistake,” says Geneen. “You are not a problem to be solved. But you won’t discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself.”

Give Yourself Some Credit for Making the Effort

If you’re chasing a lofty fitness goal, or you’re on the road to getting back into shape, you deserve to give yourself some credit just for making the effort. It’s all too easy to focus on the negative like missing a workout, indulging in comfort foods, not tipping the scale in the right direction, or downplaying all the successes you’ve made along the way. You deserve better. Give yourself some credit just for showing up.

Health and Fitness is a Journey

The truth is there’s no straight-line to success or one-size-fits-all solution to health and fitness. It’s more like a cross-country train ride with starts and stops, periods of speeding down the track, and times of just chugging along. If you can’t always see your destination, have to stop for fuel and repairs, or maybe even ask for directions, you’re still getting closer with every step you take. And even if the train derails, engineers will get the train back on track and headed in the right direction.

Be Positive and Keep Going

Keeping this in mind can help you keep things in perspective, even when your efforts to exercise regularly and eat healthy fall short. When you hear the voice of self-doubt on your train’s loudspeaker commenting on the way you look in jeans, missing a workout, or eating that extra slice of chocolate cake, boot it off at the next stop, and keep going.

We’ll be there every step of the way to give you a push up the hills, help you steer clear of obstacles, show you how to achieve your health and fitness goals, and remind you of the progress you’re making along the way.

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