How to develop a fitness mindset

Your body can stand almost anything; it’s your mind that you have to convince

(unknown author)

A person’s mindset predicts the quality and essence of their fitness journey.  No matter what their goals, it is their mind that paves the way for the type of success they will or will not achieve.  In my work as a personal trainer, I see four general categories of thinking when it comes to fitness. 

Resistance is one type of mindset – H*ll no, I won’t go!  Being afraid of “not doing” fitness is the second type of perspective. A third type of fitness mindset is being motivated by the benefits associated with being fit, such as feeling and looking better. And the final type of thinking that I encounter is being in it by choice; a fit lifestyle is simply what you want to create in your life. 

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Resisting gets you nowhere

Resistance comes in many forms – excuses, justification, blame, and shame.  This is the mindset of the resistor:

  • I can’t workout, because my body doesn’t like it. 
  • I don’t like to sweat. 
  • Depriving myself of my favorite foods won’t work.
  • My work schedule won’t let me get to the gym.
  • My family won’t let me cook healthy meals.” 

A resistor is invested in denying and deflecting change.  There is very little accountability when you resist; therefore, success is unlikely.  In fact, success is rarely a consideration.  In other words, the focus is on failure. 

If you find yourself here, take some time to observe your thoughts and emotions around fitness.  Ask yourself:

  • How can I eliminate the obstacles and remove my fears?
  • How can I trust the process?
  • What might I do to trust myself?

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Being afraid of the negative consequences is a heavy burden to carry

If you find that you are forcing yourself, then you are likely  of the mind that you “have to” get fit or else suffer the negative consequences.  Many people’s motivation for fitness is thinking about the worse case scenarios. You feel you have no choice.  I “have to be fit” or else:

  • I’ll get a disease. 
  • I will be ugly and unlovable.
  • My retirement will be a waste. 

Instead of feeling good about what you are doing, this mindset leaves you afraid of suffering the negative consequences.  This focus eats up a great deal of energy.  It will eventually wear you down, and you will feel like you are always on the verge of quitting.  And eventually, you will.   

If this describes your fitness journey, see if you can begin to focus on the benefits of working out and eating healthy. 

  • How will it feel to be strong? 
  • How will my life change for the better if I can keep up with the kids? 
  • What will I be able to do that I haven’t been able to do before?

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Turning your mind to the benefits of fitness builds you up and moves you forward

The benefits of fitness are numerous!

  • Feeling and looking better
  • More energy
  • Feeling younger and more vibrant
  • Your clothes fitting better

When this is your focus, you will feel more responsible and accountable for your outcomes. Your likelihood of success will be greater.   

While focusing on benefits creates positive energy for change, one potential downfall is developing a short term perspective. Once one benefit is achieved, you will need another goal.  There is a risk of always looking for the next, best goal. If you run out of goals, you may run out of steam. 

Give yourself a “high-five” if you are focused on the benefits of being strong, fit, and healthy.  Begin to practice focusing on the process of being fit rather than just your specific goal.   See if you can begin to enjoy the journey and experience of being fit. 

Choosing to be in the journey keeps you open to the ebb and flow of the process

With this mindset, people choose to take care of their fitness.  They realize they have a choice, and they choose fitness. This long-term perspective frees the mind from analyzing the ups and downs that come from working to be strong, fit, and healthy.  Rather than judging something as good (the scale moved down) or bad (feeling guilty for a weekend food fest), the effort is about the experience and how to make the journey better each day. 

Those who choose the journey tend to have a long term focus which helps them weather the natural ebbs and flows off the process.  Gaining a few pounds does not elicit worry but rather a commitment to look for ways to improve their effort.  If faced with a time crunch, for example, that prohibits their usual workout session, those in the journey by choice create other options that fit their schedule.  

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About Pam Strand

Pam Strand is the owner of Strand Fitness, a personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, serving Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Winfield, & Chicago Western Suburbs. To learn more about how Strand Fitness can help you reach your fitness goals, contact Pam (630 653 8152) and schedule your free fitness consultation. You can also learn more about our fitness solutions here:

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