A lot of the reason why some people start working out and exercising is because they are unsatisfied with themselves in some way. Either they don't like the way they look without a shirt, or they just feel lethargic and all-round not great anymore. Once you start that path of self improvement, motivation can be hard to find sometimes.
Having the right motivation is all about having the right mindset. If you feel distraught or frustrated with the progress you make, it gets hard to encourage yourself to keep at living healthy and active. Especially when laziness and amazing greasy food is tempting as hell.
However if you can maintain a mantra of empowerment and confidence, the sky's the limit. Here are three ways to keep yourself in that frame of mind
You Are Your Own Unique Person
If you're like me, you would see the 5 minute ad workouts on youtube, narrated and instructed by a ripped dude who forgot to wear a shirt for the video and think, "aw man how the hell did he get those?"
When you are in the Gym, and catch yourself awkwardly gazing at the fit, beautiful people who all finished getting buff a while ago, you feel like there no point in even trying. Well that's just silly when you really think about it.
All of us are born different, with are own characteristics, quirks, and body types.We also all are capable of being a healthy beautiful person in are own way, but that is not going to happen if we keep comparing ourselves to others. Work on yourself, for yourself. You don't owe anybody anything.
Be More Present
That means obviously not getting hung up with the past and the future. Yeah you missed your workout last week, and you have so much work to do this week, that doesn't mean that if you are free to do it now you shouldn't!
Beyond getting motivated to work out, living in the present is one of the best things you can do for yourself mentally. When you think that past and future are all nonexistent concepts that are created by our minds, they seem kind of strange to get worked up over.
Of course its great to have a goal to strive to, but don't get disheartened if that goal seems far from completion. It's also ok to acknowledge your failures, but letting them hold you back does nothing to help.
Avoiding The Slippery Slope
Once you're having a bad day/week/month (insert Friends
theme song here) it's easy to fall into a downward spiral of negativity. Obviously getting out of that funk isn't as easy as just snapping out of it, however its important to not be ruled by it.
Try identifying the source of your grief and discontent, acknowledging how and why it is causing you this discomfort, and how it affects the other things in your life. Then try to focus on how to eliminate that trouble from your life.
Healthy mind makes a healthy body after all!
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