Fitness Psychology

Fitness Psychology

Fitness Psychology
Fitness psychology can be an aid to those struggling with maintaining or starting a fitness program. Fitness psychology can help determine the barriers that one faces and help keep them on track with motivation and programs.

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    Expect to feel lost sometimes. You can't know what you don't know. With health and fitness there is always a lot you might not know. Just remember, if you are feeling a bit lost, most exercise environments have professionals who are there to assist you. When in doubt, call upon them for advice.

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    I know that "not thinking" may be how you got into this pants-stretching mess in the first place. When you don't think about the consequences of ordering football-sized calzones, you wind up with such pleasantries as high LDL lousy cholesterol, low HDL healthy cholesterol, inflammation in your arteries, and higher risk of aging arteries that cause memory loss, heart disease, even wrinkles, as well as a steady stream of coupon offers from the big-boy's department. What you're going for is making the biological changes so that you make the right choices—without thinking and that will lead to the results you want.

    Unless you're the rare kind of person who responds to dietary drill sergeants, you won't find long-term solutions using traditional weight-loss methods—willpower, deprivation, fads, phases, or dead-bolting the lid of the butter pecan. Instead, you will train yourself through a successful weight-loss plan to never think about how much you're eating, never think about getting on a diet or worry about coming off one, and to never have to figure out formulas, zones or, for the love of (fill in the deity of your choice), place a chicken breast on a food scale.
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    Really many things can be a barrier to having you improve your fitness goals.  Fear is one of our greatest downfalls.  People fear the unknown.  Sometimes conquering fear is a very hard thing to do but very rewarding when you do.  One thing you want to look at is why you fear it.  You must first understand the problem before you can find a solution.  Most things in life have a positive outcome.  Your health is no different.  Really no one should fear fitness at all.  Working out and making your body healthy has nothing but positive benefits.  Improving your heart, losing weight and body fat, increasing your mood, improving your muscle for a better metabolism are just a few things that are positive about fitness.  Fear only comes because people are afraid that they will fail at their attempts.  If you surround yourself with positive people like friends, family and fitness professionals that will help motivate you, guide you and keep you accountable you will never fear anything.
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    Feeling your heart rate soar, countering the resistance of a heavy weight and noticing the burn of lactic acid buildup post-exercise can all be perceived as uncomfortable. For some people, the anticipation of this discomfort leads to exercise avoidance.

    Whether you are exercising to improve your physique or to increase your endurance, you will only achieve your goals if your body is challenged beyond its normal state of functioning. If you feel as comfortable during exercise as you do lying on your couch, then you will likely not see the changes that you desire. Reinterpret discomfort during and after exercise as a sign that you are moving closer to your objective.
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    Beliefs can be a barrier to anything if you allow them to. Beliefs usually come from our families as we are growing up. Some beliefs are forced upon us by our families and other beliefs as kids we are allowed to explore and figure out for ourselves. In either of these situations the information is usually fine when we are kids but it's important to remember that our thoughts and ideas should and can evolve over the years particularly as we age. The beliefs we had when we were kids may not be applicable as we are adults. They may not be applicable because we are adults and as adults we hopefully figure out what works better and what makes more sense for us. When we are kids those decisions are made for us and we sometimes forgot that those decisions may or may not be true for us as adults. It's always good to re-evaluate our beliefs from time to time to see what holds true. For example, centuries ago women were never allowed to exercise because there was a belief that it would harm their chances of having children and in those days that was the woman's job. As we know women who exercise generally have an easieir, healier pregnancy. 

    Questions the past and figure out what your beliefs are now.  
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    What are the benefits of having a workout buddy?
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    Positive feedback is giving someone positive information about the intent or effort of a behavior performed in a positive, improved or correct way. For example, if it's challenging to get up and get to the gym, a piece of positive feedback would be: "I know how difficult it is to get to the gym and it's great to that you made it today."
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    Just remember a wide variety of body types and people go to the gym and enjoy fitness classes. No one started off with the perfect body and being amazingly fit. At any modest sized gym you will find a wide variety of body types and fitness levels and a mix of regulars and newbies. Just remember that most people are there to work out and will be too busy focusing on that to worry about anything you think you may be doing wrong.  Try a variety of classes until you find the one that fits you best.
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    Not everyone is in the same place when it comes to exercise. We are not all designed to start and continue to exercise for a lifetime. Exercisers go through five stages of change when it comes to exercise and it takes about 6 months. The precontemplative stage is filled with people who don't want to exercise. These individuals have probably never exercised, didn't grow up with it and don't understand it or the benefits it provides. The contemplative stage is for people who begin to see there is a need for exercise but the con's outweigh the pro's. These potential exercisers may have had exerperiences with exercise in the past, but those experiences may not have been positive which would lead them to quit exercise. In the preparation stage people are starting to think about exercising. These people have a plan to begin an exerice program. In the action stage, exercise has started although the habit hasn't yet formed. These exercisers have not maintained a regular exercise program for 6 months. An individual in the maintenance stage has exercised regularly for 6 months, forming the new change or habit. In each stage a person can move forward or backwards.
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    To stay motivated to exercise, tap into social networks. Research shows that social support can help people achieve fitness and health goals. Ask for workout tips and suggestions on Facebook or in email chains. Try not to network with others who might negatively affect your self-esteem or tempt you into living an unhealthy lifestyle.
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