1. Understand the power of self-perception
The way we perceive our bodies and abilities profoundly affects the goals we set and the results we achieve. Interestingly, the majority of wrong, limiting beliefs are rooted in societal standards and stereotypes rather than actual experiences. Sticking to them and not challenging these beliefs and your body can significantly hinder your progress.
But how do you break free of these negative attitudes? First of all, ask yourself, are they based on facts or perceptions? Secondly, surround yourself with people who support your aspirations and encourage you in your fitness journey. If you feel that family and friends are not willing or, maybe due to the same negative beliefs, are unable to support you, consider hiring a personal trainer or enrolling in a fitness class where you can meet like-minded people sharing the same goals.
To fully unlock your body's potential, you have to let go of doubts about your physical abilities and acknowledge that when nurtured and challenged, our bodies are remarkable machines capable of adaptation and growth. Instead of focusing on limitations and temporary inability to perform certain tasks and exercises, focus on even the smallest victories and your step-by-step progress.
2. Embrace the journey, not just the destination.
All of us start working out with a certain goal in our minds. But the fitness journey is not solely about achieving a specific weight or appearance. If you let go of expectations and stop waiting for quick results, you will see that sport is offering much more than a lean body. It can teach you a lot about your body's ability to push boundaries and become much more calm and confident in your body. Instead of guilt-tripping yourself for not achieving the desired form in an unrealistically short time - a common newbie mistake, start celebrating every milestone along the way. Embrace the process of growth and improvement, and remember that progress comes in various forms.
Celebrate the days when you conquer a challenging workout, improve your endurance, or make healthier food choices. Recognize that your body is evolving, becoming fitter, healthier, and more resilient, one step at a time. This shift in perspective can make your fitness journey more enjoyable and sustainable.