Have you ever heard the saying "don't earn your food at the gym?"
So many of us treat the gym like we would have as children. We do the work, we get the reward. Go to the gym, get to eat a treat. We have built so much of our society around using food as a reward.
When it comes to the gym, you need to reorder your mind. Earn strength at the gym. You aren't a child, you aren't a trained seal. You don't have to earn your food. Fuel your body to increase your performance at the gym. Don't increase your performance to put fuel in your body.
Author and blogger, Lisabeth Darsh
, has a few more lessons that will make you say "geez, I wish I'd known this years ago!" Take a peek:
1) You will be happier and more focused when you aren't starving.
It is nearly impossible to concentrate when your stomach is rumbling. It is far better to eat balanced meals and snacks throughout the day so you don't actually get distracted by hunger. The weak points in your day come when you are hungry. Fixing that is easy!
2) Food is the original "5 hour energy."
You don't need to buy your energy boost in a can. Plan your meals, plan your snacks and you will be set up for success. If you don't allow for that midday sugar crash, you won't find your energy dips either. For some help with planning healthy, delicious meals, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan!
3) Most of us aren't 8 years old so we don't need motivation designed for 8 year olds.
Food should not be our 'treat' for being good little boys and girls. Free yourself! But, if you find you have to reward yourself or you like it that way, pick something other than food. Like we said, you aren't 8, you can make the rules. Go for a run, reward yourself with a nap, for example. Rewire your brain to respond to different treats.
4) Naps are more useful than cupcakes.
Hard to believe that the thing we all hated as kids is something most of us love as adults. Sleep helps your body repair itself and it helps you get stronger. Cupcakes or nap? Take nap! It will actually do your body good.
5) Guilt helps no one.
If guilt actually helped you get fit, we'd all be fit beyond words. So stop. What you've done doesn't matter now, just do better going forward. You last choice was poor but your next one doesn't have to be.
6) Life is more fun if you aren't miserable.
You can't control everything in life. Focus on what you can control: your attitude. Adopt a mindset that sets you up for success. Make smart and healthy choices. If you get off course, recalibrate and get back to it. It is easier than you'd ever imagine. No sense being miserable. Smile a little, it won't hurt you.
What gym lessons have you learned that you wish someone had shared when you were starting out? Share yours with us!