When it comes to building a lean, strong and fit body, there’s only one person who you can rely on to make it happen in your life: yourself. While your friends, family and significant other can offer great support for your health and fitness endeavors; the ball is in your court to put in the commitment and hard work to reach your goals. Take a moment to reflect on how you treat yourself so that you can become your own biggest support system.
- Self-talk, or the dialogue you have inside your mind, can make or break a gym session. Often, the key to overcoming a training obstacle (i.e. you’re tired and don’t think you can finish) is to keep it positive. Before your next session, jot down three statements of encouragement that you can repeat yourself if you come up against a challenge.
- Instead of beating yourself up about your weaknesses, focus on your strength’s and successes and use them as motivation to propel your fitness forward. Write down one thing that you rock at in the gym and one recent moment of accomplishment.
- Forgive yourself. So what if you missed a workout or had a little cheat? Don’t dwell on it – move on. List one thing that you’re going to “forgive yourself” for this week, and reflect on your recovery plan.