Greetings my MAD COOL FITNESS CREW and Happy Monday! So we’re in the height of winter, where the holidays are long past, our New Year’s Resolutions are not so new, and we’re fighting the winter blues. Given all of this, I wanted to not talk about your body but talk about that other important B word: Your BRAIN.
Yes all actions and behaviors start with thoughts and beliefs. And then we tend to associate feelings with those beliefs. So for example, a belief could be “The fitness gods are against me. The weather has been horrible, my job is crazy busy…it’s like the universe doesn’t want me to be healthy…”
There may be a feeling that is associated with this belief: helplessness.
The combination of these two things can really derail your behavior (going to the gym, making the effort to eat healthy food). We’ve all been there, including me!
When the voices in your head start talking crazy, that’s when you need to talk back and tell them to shut the hell up.
Here’s what to do to counteract the fitness blues:
1) Write your beliefs down and analyze them.
In my example, are the fitness gods really against you or is that your perception? The weather is crazy but does that mean you can’t engage in physical activity indoors? Work is crazy and this will probably not change. Is it possible you would feel better about work and be able to better manage the crazy if you had more energy derived from exercising and eating well?
2) Think about how you feel about your beliefs
When you first started writing, you may have been down in the dumps, feeling like you were not empowered to take control of your health. However, the process of writing your beliefs down, may help you to gain more clarity and insight into “the voices in your head”, making you feel more empowered to take action.
So this week, when a conference call gets scheduled during what was suppose to be your workout time and you think “Ugh, fitness gods gimme a break”…before you reach for a doughnut, first, see if you can get that conference call moved and if you can’t, then second, write down your thoughts. Are these valid thoughts or just cray cray talk? Think about how you feel about them. Really get in touch with the emotion. Is it worry? What would make you worry less? Scheduling workouts before workday as apposed to after. Helplessness? What actions can you take to feel more in control of your health?
The road to good health is never ending, with moments where you are running uphill, against the wind, trying not to cramp, and other moments where the wind is at your back. The “trick” is to always remain steadfast to your commitment to be healthy by developing these skills that will help you to shake off adversity and remain consistent, no matter what the universe throws your way.
Go get ’em.
Jennifer and Your MAD COOL FITNESS CREW