Starting, or re-starting, a fitness program is tough for anyone, so you don’t need to make it harder for yourself than it already is with self-sabotaging thoughts. Here are 4 of the most common, self-limiting beliefs we hear and a few tips you can use to combat them. As the saying goes, “your body wont go where your mind wont push it“. Hence, to achieve your fitness goals, you need to start in the right mindset.
Thought #1 – “I’ll get fit when….”
We’ll admit, starting a fitness program can seem intimidating. But waiting for that ‘perfect’ day to start means you’ll end up putting it off for a very long time. Most of the time when you find yourself putting off your start date, or skipping out on ‘exercise’ it’s because you’re telling yourself you “should exercise”, or you need to ‘make time’ for it, not that you “want to move”, or ‘it’s a priority’. Next time you catch yourself thinking, “I should exercise but…” try saying “I want to move because…” instead. It’s a powerful way to challenge your mindset and get yourself in the mood!
Thought #2 – “I’m not fit enough to join….”
As online workouts and group classes have become trendier, there’s an assumption you have to already be fit to sign up or walk through the door! This is definitely far from the truth – trainers meet people of all fitness levels and body sizes, every single day, and one of our favourite clients to work with are those who don’t have a high level of fitness, but are ready to create seriously big shifts in a healthier direction! It’s our job to help you get fit and feel great, all you have to do is show up.
Thought #3 – “I don’t know how to do any of the moves…”
Being scared to venture away from what’s comfortable is totally natural, but it’s not really helpful. The quote, “life begins outside your comfort zone” says it all. We have got your back when you walk in that door! You wouldn’t expect to know how to read and write on your first day of school, but give it a few years and you’re off and racing! Fitness is the same, so approach your fitness goals with an expansion mentality and just begin at the very beginning.
Thought #4 – “I don’t have time to workout”
Health and fitness should fit into your life seamlessly but for this to work you need to be aiming to create a movement routine around your lifestyle, not the other way around! So rather than forcing yourself to commit to exercise you think you “should” do, try building a movement regime around your lifestyle so you ‘want’ to do it. If you say ‘yes’ to a fitness regime you know deep down is not sustainable its only going to lead you to later saying “I give up”. For example, if you’re young and single with a flexible job, working out for an hour every day may be possible. But if you’re working part time whilst starting a business, have a partner and a few kids, well, that hour is probably not sustainable for you. Could you benefit from introducing multiple 5min workouts into your week, or saying yes to adventure on your weekends, or parking further away so you get some extra steps into your day, or joining an online workout community you can do from home?