One of the most neglected exercises when looking to get fit is mental outlook. Many people think they are old way before their time. They have self defeating thoughts about themselves, particularly their bodies. Here is a list of negative thoughts we need to eradicate from our thinking:
- "I am too old for exercise" (nursing home residents have used resistance training to dramatically improve mobility)
- "I am too tired" (exercise builds energy - do what you can at the time)
- "I have always been fat" (losing fat is the single most impressive thing you can do for your body)
- "I can't do much due to my injuries" (I have sold upper body building equipment to paraplegics - work around your injuries.)
- "People in the gym will laugh at me" (determination and commitment are always admired at any level)
- "I don't have the time" (cut out watching 1 TV program or exercise during commercials, that is 16 minutes an hour)
- "I will never look good, I am too far gone" (not likely, check out my before and after photos)
If we are what we eat, then we become the image of our consistent thoughts. We become the sum of our excuses or our positive affirmations. A positive mental outlook on what we can and desire to become is as effective as the physical work out. The body follows were the mind has been. If you can imagine yourself slim, you will lose weight.
A constant mental image of yourself will signal your subconscious, which will result in behavior that is consistent with that image. Our mental outlook should be more than an aesthetically pleasing body but of a vital, active person. We need to value health and energy as we formulate who we are. Your mental attitude is based on what you believe to be true. Here are some fitness facts.
EXERCISE RESULTS IN:
Better brain function, giving you mental clarity and increased productivity.
Less stress, due to the positive distraction it gives as well as elevating your mood.
More energy, because your body adapts to regular workouts with improved strength and stamina.
A longer life by avoiding potentially deadly diseases like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
More time for ourselves. Less time spent at the doctor's, pharmacy, testing, therapy, hospital etc. equals more time at the golf course or any leisure activity we enjoy.
Eating more without gaining weight. You burn more calories with activity as well as at a higher rate with a lean, muscularly dense body.
Enjoy more sex! Fit heart and lung function coupled with decreased abdominal fat raises the libido as well as the performance of our sex organs.
If we truly are convinced of these facts we will add all types of activity into our lives, giving us the vitality associated with youth. Life is activity; as long as I am alive I will move every part of my being to its capacity and beyond.
Every day is either a gift of life or a harbinger of death. I have adopted a motto from my reading that simply states "I resolve to live, until I die." This way there is no confusing the two, life or death. Take hold of life enthusiastically and don't park yourself in death's waiting room of sloven inactivity.
Taking action is the foundation of belief, action reinforces our beliefs and our beliefs motivate us to action. Ask yourself what you believe about yourself, your body, your life. Are your negative thoughts subverting your attempts at vitality and fitness? Is your lack of action causing you to be despondent about your lack of fitness? Every day we make numerous decisions, as well as many conclusions on what we believe about ourselves.
Today try to find several physical activities to engage in. Today decide to believe the best, most positive things you can achieve for your body.
"Think Young, Be Young" is the title of this article but more to the point is "Think Activity; Reap Vitality"
Live Young, Think Young, Be Young: . . . At Any Age
EJ Reeves is a 60 year old body-weight exercise advocate and President of Easyeffort fitness products. We designed and sold our first doorway pull up bar in March 2000. Easyeffort promotes a fitness lifestyle with free information and continued product support after the sale.
Crucial to EJs muscular development has been his use of Easyeffort fitness products including use of both a doorway pull up bar as well as a ceiling mount chin up bar in his basement.
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