Everyone has certain beliefs and habits that dictate their behavior. Unfortunately, many of these beliefs can keep us from the very things we desire the most. This seems to be especially true when it comes to diet and exercise. Many of us hold beliefs that prevent us from learning how to get the body we want, or even getting started on our healthy lifestyle journey. The following beliefs may be preventing you from getting the body you want that can support your journey in living a full and happy life.
It’s important to remember that even small changes can have profound effects.
If any of the following statements ring true for you, read on to discover how to shatter a few of these beliefs and counteract their damage:
1. “I must have everything before I get started.” You know the routine; you think you have to get new tennis shoes, join a gym, buy new workout clothes, find the perfect diet, and more. Realize that you don’t need anything fancy to get started. You know what food is healthy and what isn’t. You can simply start by going for a walk.
Get started today with what you already know. You can improve your diet and exercise routine each week. Nothing happens without action, so start taking action today.
2. “I’m too out of shape to exercise.” Lots of heavier people believe this one. The truth is that exercise is relative. For some people, exercising means running 10 miles. For others, it might mean walking to the mailbox and back. The key is to stress your body slightly and then let it recover. The amount of work it takes to achieve that is secondary.
3. “I don’t have time to cook.” There are plenty of things that are healthy to cook that take almost zero attention. Throw some beans in a pot and let them boil for a couple of hours while you’re busy with something else, or start a healthy meal in your slow cooker. The total time actually spent doing anything is less than a few minutes. Do this ahead of time and then just reheat for mealtime if needed.
4. “I’m so out of shape that I’ll never be able get back in shape.” It’s true that the more out of shape you are, the longer it’s going to take. But you can improve each week. It doesn’t take much to lose one pound each week, but that’s 50 pounds in a year. It’s important to just focus on this week, or even just today. If you focus two years out, it’s tough to persevere.
5. “I don’t know how to get started.” If you’re in poor physical shape, nearly anything is good enough. Clean up your diet a little bit by making small changes. Move around a little bit more than you have been. Once you make an improvement in your habits, your body will respond. Then you need to change a little more. It’s not necessary to have a complicated routine.
Tip: Replace one unhealthy food that you eat regularly with something that you know is healthy. Also add going for a daily walk to your routine. Go as slowly as you need to. If you can only walk 5 minutes, that’s fine. Next week you’ll be able to walk 10. Women’s fitness experts advise to improve your diet and increase your activity by just a little bit each week. This one tip alone helped me with my “all or nothing” mindset which inevitably always led to my failure.
6. “It’s too complicated.” This belief comes from the nutrition and fitness industry. If they kept everything simple, what would they have to sell and talk about? Diet and exercise are both actually very simple unless you’re trying to make the Olympic team. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re knowledge is insufficient.
Examine your own beliefs. What is stopping your from taking better care of yourself? Are your beliefs based in fear? Is your belief reasonable and true, or is it just an excuse to maintain your current behavior? If you can work on changing your beliefs, you can change your behavior and enjoy better results.
Start eating a little bit better and exercising a little bit more today, and sooner than you think, you’ll have the body you want.
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