Improve Your Head To Improve Your Health
We all want to be fit and healthy but for some it's much harder than for others. Why is that? For some being healthy seems to come so easy while others seem to really struggle. The ones who struggle often don't realize how much effort those who are healthier put into getting there while those who have attained good health often wonder how someone could just ignore their health, without realizing there's usually a lot more deep-seeded issues to those peoples' struggles.
Probably the #1 influencer on your health is how you THINK. It is the primary reason we do anything really. For instance, except in rare cases, your genetics control only a small fraction of what your health potential can be but people constantly use their genes as an excuse. Genetics do set limits on things like how tall you might be or if it's easier for you to gain or lose weight or what color hair or eyes you have. They also play a role in fat distribution in our body meaning some people will never achieve the physique of a bodybuilder but again that's no excuse to not exercise either. The important take away is that while genes have some influence over our physical body it's how we perceive exercise that determines whether we do it or not.
The hardest part of exercising is getting started. Your mind has to be prepared for this part or you will just end up quitting right away. If you go into a new exercise routine constantly thinking that you don't like to exercise or that it's too hard or that you don't have time for it then you won't. However if you go into it with a positive mindset that is prepared properly for the challenges and ready to change your life for the better then you can and will succeed. A recent study tested people riding a stationary bike while performing "self-talk" with positive phrases like "feels good" over and over and showed that this positive feedback to the mind lead to much greater ability to pedal further before exhaustion set in leading the scientists to believe that our mind is likely more in control than our actual muscles when it comes to physical activity. Creating the vision in your head of the positive benefits you are receiving as you exercise is key. Any negative thought will kill momentum.
The hard part is that training your mind takes time and can be very difficult, especially if you've had a lifetime of struggling with exercise or you don't see yourself as someone who can do this. The good news is that this type of positive thinking can be learned by anyone. You just have to give it a chance - again and again and maybe again sometimes before it clicks with you. You have to realize and tell yourself that it's ALL in your head. A big hangup for people at gyms is that they worry about what others are thinking of them. I promise, no one else at the gym is worried about what you are doing while in fact the vast majority are probably worried about that same thing for themselves!
Life is way too short to be worried about what others think, especially when you're actually trying to better yourself. Put on some headphones and play your favorite music, or do what I often do and listen to some motivational videos on Youtube while you workout. It'll put you in the right mindset.
Start slow, ask the trainers for help if you have questions, but most of all be mindful of the benefits you are giving yourself. Use the initial pain you might feel as you begin as motivation not as a barrier. It's likely going to take several weeks before you really feel the difference, but you will definitely notice. You'll have more energy, sleep better, and best of all, being in the right mindset will become easy. It may sound crazy now but you'll actually get to a point where you'll want to workout!
Nothing is more important for our health than physical activity. Our bodies have to move or they can't survive. Muscles deteriorate, flexibility decreases and bones become weak and susceptible to fracture if we don't use them. Resistence training, like weight lifting, is actually the best way to lose weight long-term and it's the only real way to make our bone density increase, even as we age!
Exercising is difficult. Most people don't see it as a fun activity until they've been doing it for a while. Getting started is the hardest part. You may even have some pain or minor injuries along the way. Chiropractic care goes a long way in helping you deal with any of these potential setbacks by helping your joints and muscles to both function better and heal more effeciently from injuries that may arise so be sure to have a good chiropractor along the way. There's nothing more important than your health. Take care of it. Find a way. You likely will need to first work on how you THINK to get that good health you've wanted for so long.