Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fitness Flash

Boost Your Own Confidence!

We all have what I like to call inner chatter — that voice in your head that says "I can't do this" or "Yes, I can do this!" What does the voice inside your head say about your efforts to get fit? Are the messages positive and encouraging, or just the opposite?

Make a conscious effort today to take note of your inner chatter so that you can decide whether it's helping you succeed in your exercise efforts — or holding you back. If your inner self-talk is negative, it's easy enough to fix; it just takes some practice!

Next time you're heading to the gym or deciding whether or not to go for a jog, take note of any negative messages you send yourself and replace them with a positive spin! Here are some ways you can change negative thinking:

  • Instead of thinking "This won't work," think "I can make this work!"
  • Instead of "It's a waste of time," think "It will be worth the extra effort!"
  • Instead of "It's not going to make a difference," think "I'll never know unless I try!"
  • Instead of "It hasn't worked before," think "I'll try again!"
  • Instead of "I've already tried that," think "I can learn from my mistakes!"
  • Instead of "I don't like that exercise" or "It sounds too difficult," think "I'm excited to try some new things!"
  • Instead of "That was painful! Never again," think "Wow, I just got through some hard work, and next time it will be easier!"
You can learn to be positive about getting fit — just practice having a more optimistic mind-set. Be your own cheerleader and boost your own confidence.

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