Talent, skill, natural ability, intelligence, opportunities, luck – these are all great attributes to have in our lives. But there’s nothing quite so important and influential to our level of success in life than a positive, optimistic attitude, especially towards fitness.
“If you aren’t in the habit of being physically active, you can run out of energy trying to force yourself to do it everyday,” said David Conroy, associate professor of kinesiology and human development and family studies. “But if you can make physical activity habitual, being active becomes a lot easier.”
The challenge of encouraging more activity can be met by understanding the motivation behind both deliberate exercise and inherent behaviors.
Some people exercise as a form of punishment or something they HAVE to do.. “I ate this so now I have to exercise”. Let’s face it, most people do not enjoy doing the things “they have to”. I mean how much more enjoyable would folding laundry be if it was something you chose to do rather than something you HAD to do? But if you love your body and realize that it’s a gift, you just may start to treat it better because you want to, not because you have to.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.WADE BOGGS
Reflect on these benefits:
Fitness burns off stress and negativity
It’s not that easy to be positive or optimistic about anything while you’re stressed and angry. And with the constant pressures of today’s modern lifestyle, stress is an ever-present factor that many of us simply have to learn to live with.
While it’s not always easy to avoid getting stressed, frustrated and angry in the first place, it isn’t all that difficult to burn off that negative energy either. And there are few things quite as effective as sweating it all out in a nice, hard workout session in the gym or at home.
Exercise increases serotonin levels in the brain which improves your mood. And you will feel this right away. Take a few moments after each workout to take a few deep, refreshing breaths and to think about how good you feel and how good it is to be alive.
It gives you self-pride through daily achievements
There are many things we can do to improve ourselves as people but very few people take the time to do any of them on a regular basis because their everyday life occupies all of their attention. So they miss out, and end up neglecting their own growth.
When you follow a fitness lifestyle, you achieve something positive for yourself each and every day. It doesn’t need to be a PR in the gym or some weight lost or muscle gained, however. Simply sticking to a workout and healthy eating plan is achievement enough. It’s something you’ve done to better yourself. And of course from time to time you actually do reach milestones as well.
Making these regular achievements strengthens your sense of self-pride. You’re on a journey of self-improvement and growth and that helps to foster an attitude of confidence and self-worth.
Remind yourself regularly of the value of taking the time each day to make yourself a better person. This will help to maintain a positive and confident attitude in your life.
It teaches patience and a strong work ethic
Getting into shape takes two things in large amounts, patience and hard work. It’s one of those rare areas of life in which you can’t fake it or cheat. There are never any shortcuts or magic solutions. No one can do the work for you, and what you get out of it depends totally on what you put in.
Fitness, therefore, is a great teacher of life lessons. While so many people nowadays are searching for quick and easy results, get rich quick schemes, and putting the very minimum into whatever they do, fitness teaches us that success is earned, not inherited. No one deserves anything, unless they work for it.
Another important lesson is that sometimes you have to work harder than other people to achieve the same results. It might seem unfair, but life isn’t always fair. That’s just how it is.
Being ingrained with these valuable lessons helps you develop a realistic attitude towards achieving success in your life in general. Rather than feeling entitled to be successful and waiting for it to come your way, you’ll be more optimistic about your own ability to create your own success.
Embrace the hard work that you put into your fitness, even if sometimes you’re not seeing the results you’re hoping for. The development of your positive attitude and character are even more important and more beneficial to you in your life than the physical development.
It gives you more energy
It’s no secret that being fit means having more energy. And that means being able to attack each day with far more vigor and enthusiasm. How you feel physically directly affects your thoughts and your attitude.
When you feel constantly tired and lethargic, it isn’t possible to be too excited about anything. Everything is a burden and too much effort to worry about. Life in general is a struggle. When you feel energetic and vibrant on the other hand, your attitude shifts to one of positivity, enthusiasm and optimism. Your mind doesn’t defeat you before you even make an effort to achieve something.
Apart from physically having more energy, being accustomed to working out regularly also instills a mindset within you that you’re capable of overcoming hardship. In other words, it strengthens you mentally. This helps to build your self-confidence and level of self-belief in your ability to cope with life’s challenges in general.
It teaches you humility
Humility is a very important quality for a person to have, for two main reasons. First, a humble person will always find it easier to connect and form relationships with quality people who have integrity and will make a positive contribution in their life. And second, a humble person will always be open to learning new things since they’re more aware of their limitations and need to grow.
Fitness is a great teacher of humility since, for most people, it is one of the most difficult challenges they’ll ever encounter. Making progress with your physique and fitness is always slow and arduous. Look around at others who are also working hard on their fitness and making progress – it makes you realize that there are many very motivated and driven people out there who can rival you in terms of your commitment and perseverance.
Always remember how far you have come in your journey however. Never forget where you came from, and accept the fact that there will always be someone who has progressed more than you. Don’t be discouraged by these people, but instead let them motivate you to push harder. Allow your humility to put aside any competitive feelings and keep moving forward.
It gives you self-confidence through purpose
Being involved in fitness adds to your identity and gives you yet another purpose, which sets you apart from the crowd. Having an important purpose or passion in your life and working towards it constantly gives you a real sense of achievement and self-pride, and that in turn builds your self-confidence.
Even if your physique isn’t quite where you want it to be just yet (it rarely is!) the discipline and dedication that you apply in striving for it is a large part of what builds a greater sense of belief in yourself and an attitude that you’re capable of sticking it out in overcoming challenges.
Take some time every day to commend yourself on the effort you’re making – don’t take it for granted or allow it to go unnoticed. Appreciate the fact that by sticking to your fitness program you’re able to do what many people aren’t. It’s positive proof that you’re an extraordinarily strong and capable woman.
It puts you at cause, not at effect
The majority of people live their life “at effect”. This means that who they are and what they have is largely due to the effects of what happens to them throughout their lifetime. In other words, they simply “go with the flow” and life happens to them, without them having much say in it.
Living at effect is comfortable because it alleviates you from taking any responsibility for your situations in life, but the problem is you also give away your power to change. For example, we’ve all come across people who are unfit and overweight, and blame everything from genes, to their parents, to the government, to not having enough time, for being out of shape. Everything and everyone but themselves.
Working on our own physical fitness however, is something that puts you “at cause” with regards to your health and your physique. That means that you make yourself the direct cause of it. You’re the one in charge of creating the results. It comes with responsibility, but also the power to change yourself.
Remind yourself each and every day that you’re in charge of your life and your success. Luck and circumstances don’t come into it. Your dedication to being fit and healthy is an ongoing example of your power to carve out your own future. This attitude fosters greater self-belief, which already takes you half way to achieving success in many areas of your life.
It connects you to infectious attitudes
One of the great things about the fitness world is that you get the opportunity to meet a lot of like-minded people who are also passionate about fitness. And people who are passionate about fitness are very often very motivated and energetic individuals.
The good news for you is that positive attitudes, like negative ones, are infectious, so simply being exposed to them and interacting with them tends to influence your own attitude to be the same.
There’s a very well-known observation that the five closest people to you are a reflection of the person that you are. That’s because not only do like-minded people tend to flock together, but they influence one another’s thinking and attitudes and so they grow more similar. They begin to both think and behave the same as each other.
Make an effort to seek out and connect with the most positive, enthusiastic people at your gym or health club, their energy and positive attitude will gradually rub off onto you and help yours become the same.
It teaches you to accept that you can’t control everything
While part of having a positive attitude is the confidence of knowing that you have the power to shape your own life, fitness teaches you that you can’t control absolutely everything.
Embrace the fact that all you can do is your best, and allow life to take care of everything else. Everything happens for a reason as they say, and as long as you’ve done the best you can, you should have no regrets or complaints.
This acceptance will help you maintain an optimistic attitude that keeps you positive and open to new possibilities in your life rather than casting yourself as the victim when things don’t go your way.
When people think about fitness, the first thoughts that generally comes to mind for many is looking good, feeling great and being healthy. These of course are all very important, but as you can see from these benefits, the changes inside you as a person can be just as significant as the physical changes.
In other words, fitness is character building. It has the ability to make you a better person and to teach you the right attitude to find more success in all areas of your life.
Everyone’s fitness journey is unique and very personal, and each individual gets something different out of theirs.
Go take out your old leggings and tank top, or buy some new fitness gear if you need to (we all love new gear) and use exercise as a way to celebrate your body your mind and the ability to move. Celebrate small victories and set goals. We only get one body and one shot at life. But whatever activity you do make sure you are having FUN! And be sure to take good care of your body by fueling it only with good, nutritious foods, and also by getting plenty of rest. These factors are very important complements to your training for ensuring good overall health and longevity and to maintaining a high level of energy day to day.
We’d love to hear what life lessons fitness has taught you, and how it has changed you as a person. Please leave your experiences in the comments below!
Thank you for reading!
Source: Million Dollar Baby Fitness