Fitness can be way more of a mental challenge than a physical one.
I know what it feels like to be in denial. “I don’t need to lose weight. I don’t eat much anyway, how could I ever eat less to lose weight? I’m not that big.”
I think we all have a hard time admitting when we have lost control of our health. We think, “5 pounds here, 10 pounds there, it’s not much.” And before even realizing it, we are so far away from our goal that we feel we will never get back on track.
Then we have another denial phase where we convince ourselves that we are so far gone that we can’t do anything about it… or we feel that we can’t get help or attend classes because we are “too big” or “too out of shape” to do so. We also tell ourselves that small or in shape people (i.e. trainers or instructors) would never understand how hard it is to get back on track.
We all have these mental blocks that we put up. We are in denial, talking ourselves out of trying. I think we have all been there.
It really doesn’t have to be that difficult.
Fitness is actually really simple. You do what you can, until you can do more, and then you do more. Easy peasy. (No, I’m not being sarcastic.)
Fitness is just about doing your best. If you feel like all you can do is walk for 10 minutes a day, start there. You will soon be at 15 minutes a day, then 30, and then an hour.
Another mental block we can put up is thinking that the gym or fitness classes are for people who are already fit. I know what we say: “I can’t go there. They will laugh at me. I can’t do what they can do. It will be too hard. They don’t understand how hard it is for me.” I get it. We all tell ourselves things to stop us from trying. But these thoughts are far from the truth!
Gyms and fitness classes are for everyone! Everyone is there working together, trying their hardest to meet some goal. In my classes, I have people that are all shapes, all sizes, all ages, and all fitness levels. Everyone is going at their own pace. It’s not about keeping up with me or with anyone else; it’s all about everyone doing what they can do.
The brain is a very power thing! We have to get our minds right. We have to start thinking positive. We have to break down those mental blocks that we have put up. And sometimes that takes a while… But we can get there!
The hardest step truly is the very first one, the one where we make that decision to go for it!