It’s All In your Head

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The heat wave, the fact that you were born to be a 9-5 corporate slave or the fact that trump should not have won the election. Our brains are very powerful things that either hold us back or allow us to progress in life. A perfect example of this is education. We tell our kids after graduating high school, they have to go to college, get a degree & get a good job. Then have a family, by a house with a white picket fence & well-cut lawn & live happily ever after. But this could not be farther from the truth.

Reality & fantasy never collide in the real world; maybe for a few. By having this idea planted in our mind we will not question or have the will to break the norm. This is true for our health & fitness. Getting started on a fitness routine requires you be in the mindset for working out. It requires you to be motivated & the first step being open minded to a new experience & expecting the unexpected.

Attitude

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Your state of mind will determine whether you succeed in being healthier &fit; than you currently are. Do not compare yourself to other but stop & think about what it is you want to do by getting started with fitness routines. Mine was stress relief.

 

Once you have decided on your goal, you should allocate the time for it. We live in a fast-paced world where it is easy to get swept away by the tide called life. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, 30 minutes should be enough; I usually try to get 50 – 60 minutes of gym time, an hour walking & 15-20 minutes of running. After completing the first step finding motivation will be your next goal.

Motivation

I admit, when I started going to the gym, I wasn’t really a big fan. I was overwhelmed by all the different machines & I had doubts about what was or should be the right type of exercise for me. Getting started was hard for me. That is, until I started going to the gym with my roommate & he showed me the ropes.

The more I went with him, the more I felt comfortable about going to the gym. I started getting into a routine of going to the gym & as a result I was really motivated.

Fear will always hold your motivation back so get over your fear. A lack of clarity of what you want to achieve will also demotivate you to get healthy. Challenge yourself to be better than you were yesterday & having a partner will give you the extra motivation you need. Oh, & music helps too. Be sure to enjoy yourself.

Why Be Curious

For the first few weeks, my roommate showed me the ropes & I would just follow his lead. It got to a point I just wanted to try something new. There was a whole gym floor I wanted to explore. I used to walk around to see what would interest me. If I find something, I would observe how someone else is doing it & I would try it.

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Once you’re are committed to your fitness goal, monotony will be your biggest enemy. The challenge will be to keep up the wonderful routine you have gotten yourself into. If you are going to the gym, I would recommend trying variations of what you usually do. If you are walking or running, I suggest a shape up plan which will allow you to structure & vary your workout.

Conclusion

Getting started with a fitness routine is one f the hardest thing to do. You need to have the right attitude when approaching something new or unfamiliar to you. Be positive & enthusiastic about what you will be doing. Once you get started, fear will try to demotivate you from opening up to a new experience but don’t let it. Be clear on what you want to achieve on your new journey. Vary your workouts to break the monotony. Your journey will be a long one, but it will be well worth it. Remember, it starts with what is in your head.

22 thoughts on “It’s All In your Head”

  1. Frank says:

    I agree with what you are saying about it being all in your head. Whether it is going to the gym for the first time or building a website for instance. If you let your mind tell you that you can’t do it, that is what will happen you won’t do it.

    Thinking more positively with an I can attitude will do wonders for people. They will get more done and not fear the unknown.

    Thanks for sharing this post,
    Frank

  2. What a resourceful interesting piece! I recently decided to make working out a part of my routine and I totally agree with all you have said. I used to be lazy about it but I made up my mind to enjoy it and there hasn’t been any regret since then, just benefits! Thank you.

  3. Lisa d says:

    Your brain and thoughts are the most powerful tool in the world. Your mindset can make you or break you…in the gym or not. Everyone should take time out of their daily routine to take a mental break. In the gym, outside on a walk, or on a mat doing yoga or meditation one should always find time for themselves!

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Gracias! for visiting

  4. jagi says:

    When I originally started going to the gym back in 1997, I have to admit I was pretty intimidated.

    But since then I have taken my personal trainer certification. You can definitely tell who the newbies are when entering the gym.

    You are right in saying a correct mindset is highly required when starting a fitness routine. Without the proper mindset, I feel people give up too fast.

    Attitude is 100% required, especially when nothing will get you to the gym, except what your attitude is towards how you feel. Great article.

  5. Michael Kyalo says:

    This is so timely because i want to get back to working out. I believe working out helps someone develop discipline in other areas of their lives. This is a really great read.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Thanks.

  6. Charles says:

    Yes, I totally agree with your point, getting started is the important step and also difficult, fear will on your way, so having a good attitude and setting up your goal is a necessity to success

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Thanks for visiting.

  7. Alex says:

    Great article. 100% correct! Applies to all areas of life.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Glad you enjoyed the article.

  8. Jake says:

    There are so many ways to exercise that you can do from home. Push ups, chin ups, dips, biceps curls, triceps, sit ups, dips, and much more.

    You can grab a deck of cards, and pick a card, and whatever number on that card is how many push-ups you do, then grab the next card, whatever number on that card is how many berpies you do, and so forth.

    You can always break up your exercise into little pices throughout the day. Every time you get a chance just pump out some push ups or chin-ups. If you do it it small intervals through out the day then its easier.

    That is how I do it. I personally use a power twister, which works out the entire upper body. Arm wrestlers use it, but its a great cheap and affordable way to get fit and exercise.
    Great article, thanks.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hey Jake, interesting take on breaking up your exercise. I always view as one time deal, meaning I pick an hour I can work out so I can focus on my exercises & complete them in one go then move on to the rest of my day. But your method works too, it would work for some people who can’t focus on training for an hour. 

  9. Abagatan says:

    I would agree that what’s in the mind should be translated into action. Having good health is always an action. Getting rid of some food and drinks and having exercises are action things.

    Bad things and good things are translated from the mind or driven by the mind. So having good health is a will to learn and do it. It will not just come, it’s a result.

    I believe whatever we think is useless when not realized. A healthy body is of the mind and doing.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hello Abagatan, nice comment. Glad you enjoyed the article. 

  10. riverdogg says:

    I struggle with fitness and keeping any kind of routine going for any real time. I start and stop and rinse and repeat lover and over again.  Motivation or lack thereof is one of my biggest and toughest obstacles. Another is that I compare myself to others all the time. I need help figuring a fitness  routine out that will work for me.

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hey Riverdogg, Have you tried getting a personal trainer? This would help you figure out different types of exercises which will in turn help you figure out what you like. After that, getting into a routine should be easy since you will be doing the exercises that you love doing. If you are loving what you are doing, you won’t pay attention to what others are doing.

    2. Ray Rooney says:

      Hey Riverdogg, Have you tried getting a personal trainer? This would help you figure out different types of exercises which will in turn help you figure out what you life. After that, getting into a routine should be easy since you will be doing the exercises that you love doing. 

  11. Son says:

    Thank you for all the information! Starting a fitness routine is pretty easy but only if you have the right mindset. In 2014 I started my day with positive affirmations and I stuck to my goals of running 10k everyday no problem. I think motivation gets you started, but the routine gets you going. Unfortunately after 2014 I got lazy and now I’m out of shape again.

    I’m going to motivate myself again to get back onto the fitness routine. Thanks again for bringing it to my attention!

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hey Son, thanks for the comment. I recently just started using positive affirmations to start my day & so far it’s been amazing. You should definitely get back into the groove of things. You will love it, you have experienced it, you know what am talking about. Have fun getting back into it & don’t forget to stretch before your exercise.

  12. Robert says:

    When it comes to a fitness routing your “Attitude” and “Why Be Curious” sections were the tough ones to break through in order to keep me going. Motivation was not so bad because looking good next to and with my girlfriend who stays fairly fit, was motivation enough. We sort of push each other to keep going the times we workout together.

    However when starting and especially when working out by myself sometimes my “Attitude” would be to put off the fitness routine until the times my girlfriend and I can workout together. This happens about three times per month because of our daily schedules don’t always match up and we live an hour and a half apart from each other.

    I personally do like going to a gym. I prefer to workout at home. My “Why Be Curious” phase of not letting monotony set in was when I discovered that both hiking and dancing are great forms of exercising in addition to other forms of traditional exercises. Now when the weather is nice, and I have the time, I go hiking on the numerous trails around here.

    Going to a different trail or park keeps monotony from setting in. This is something I can do on my own seeing how hiking is not something my girlfriend enjoys as much as I. Dancing on the other hand s something we both enjoy. Just put on some great dance music from the 90s and we are good to go for a half hour workout routine.

    Just like what you said in the beginning of your post, being it is all in your head, and how/why many of us think something should be the way it is because that is what others have done or preached, a workout and fitness routine doesn’t have to be either. Going to a gym, working out at home, weight lifting, using a treadmill, hiking, dancing, walking,,,, All are great exercises. Just do it!

    1. Ray Rooney says:

      Hey Robert, I really enjoyed reading your reply. Thanks for the comment & including your personal experience. Am not into hiking but, dancing is one activity am planning to get into as soon as I get the chance. Thanks for the comment. Feel free to check out my other articles. 

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