Four ways to change your fitness attitude

Four ways to change your fitness attitude

Has the January burst of enthusiasm worn off? Is the couch more tempting than the gym? Are you restocking the biscuit bin without doing the matching exercise?

If fitness seems a chore rather than a natural part of your life, then it is going to drop down the priority list. Try these mini-philosophies to help to improve your fitness attitude:

THERE IS NO DEADLINE

Setting yourself up to be fit for a holiday or a wedding may work for some. However it can encourage crash-dieting or over-training. Think long-term and resolve to be fit and healthy all the time. That way the deadlines vanish because you will always be in shape!

FITNESS IS GUILT-FREE ME-TIME

Those with family responsibilities often end up putting themselves last. Your family need you to be healthy and happy – and YOU need it too.  Take time out for the gym!

EAT THE ELEPHANT IN SMALL PIECES

No-one ever went from sofa spud to action person in a week. If you have a lot of fitness to gain or a fair bit of weight to lose, it is going to take a while. Work towards small goals. Those are also much more likely to be realistic.

CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE

This is a management/leadership concept. Before you yawn and switch off – this one does actually make sense! When there is something that you have to do (such as exercise), you can either be miserable doing it or happy doing it. That is your choice – so choose to be happy.

That’s four reasons to change your fitness attitude - here are ten more!

Perhaps the most important maxim is to treat your body as the gift that it is. You won’t get another – so love and look after the one that you have.


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves boxercise, yoga, pilates, weight training and long distance running..

Comments

Elliot M.
13 February 2015

Elliot M.

I find once the pressure of January "resolutions" has worn off, then I'm far more inclined to do some serious exercise.

craig t.
13 February 2015

craig t.

I find that I fluctuate from very keen to feeling like it's a chore. What keeps my attitude good is doing a lot of reading on websites around fitness and health. All the new research usually motivates me to embrace the workout!.

Freya W.
12 February 2015

Freya W.

I find that you have to want to do it for yourself - like you said about not necessarily having a goal in mind, you also need to make sure you're ready in your own mind to go for it!

Sasha B.
12 February 2015

Sasha B.

I like no.2, the guilt-free fitness philosophy. I only recently started thinking about exercise in this way - that looking after myself healthily is actually doing other people a favour too, because i am happier and will be less likely to burden people with ill-health.

Phillip H.
12 February 2015

Phillip H.

wow - a piece of manager speak that really does make sense! Quite right - we have to look after ourselves so we might as well enjoy it.

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