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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    Nutrition has a huge impact on your success in a fitness program.  Proper nutrition is key.  Your body is an amazing machine that requires good quality fuel to function at optimum efficiency.  The less processed your food is the better it is for.  Always try to get food as close to the original product as possible.  Fresh fuits and veggies, whole grain carbohydrates, and meats with very little processing.  Always get the best quality that you can afford and make it point to know where your food comes from.
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    In sub-threshold intervals you are essentially working on your time trialing ability because you are working at race pace. Time trialing is an art in and of itself. You are out there battling yourself and the clock- but as you know, you are racing everyone else in your age group as well. So how do you get faster and assure that win? Mental focus is a key component of time trialing as you are not working to hold a wheel- rather you are battling the burn in your quads and the ache in your mind telling you its okay to back off. Sub threshold intensity helps time trialing efforts because working at this intensity effectively increases your lactate threshold as you work right at the edge of your threshold. Your body becomes better at buffering lactate, learns to be more efficient at producing power both systemically and technically. You will become a more efficient pedaller keeping your cadence at our around 90 rams. And you will become more reliant on fat metabolism as opposed to burning up your limited muscle and liver glycogen stores- effectively producing less lactate at a given power output. These physiological adaptations increase your power at lactate threshold, enabling you to go harder and faster at your next time trial. Mentally you know you can push through and physically you are better able to buffer lactate and produce more power aerobically- all this means that you will cross the finish line faster. A caveat to interval workouts: If your power drops below 10% of your target range on your final interval, call it a day- even if you are less than 12 minutes in. You have reached overload and with proper rest you will reap the rewards of this challenging workout.
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    Positive feedback makes people feel good and it reinforces that what are they are doing is correct.
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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?
    Having a workout buddy helps in lots of ways. In this video, I will describe how workout buddies help with safety, motivation and more. 
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    To stay motivated about your fitness routine, make exercise a family affair. Studies show that couples and families maintain their commitment by working out together. This not only fosters better health, but also closer relationships, which helps to lower stress. It’s win-win.
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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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    Focus is absolutely important for your health. It allows us to fully engage and appreciate what we are doing in any moment. Have you ever tripped over the sidewalk? That is probably because you weren't focused. Not every moment requires our undivided attention, but when we are focused on the moment we are able to get things done by realizing what is happening around us. Being focused during exercise is important. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy the endorphins that exercise provides; you feel better because you can leave your daily stressors behind and with awareness, you are better able to move your body through the motions of exercise.

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    What are you feeling self conscious about? :-) You are you! It's important to try not to let anyone make you feel less than you because you are a fabulous! What happens in these situations is that we start feeling guilty about not being in a different place; a place we wished we were in. These feelings are what continue to spiral us out of control: missing exercise, not eating well and not taking care of ourselves because we think 'why bother'. Comparison only makes us feel badly about ourselves and the place we are in but in reality at that moment you can't do anything about the place you are in so why make yourself feel bad? Instead why not do something makes you feel good? 

    If going to the gym and being around other people is making you feel self conscious then don't go. Do some exercise outdoors or at home. Or if you do want to go to the gym you might want to try and find people who don't make you feel self conscious. Ask someone who works in the gym when there is a better time for you to go to the gym. 
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    Enjoyment is often an overlooked component of an exercise program. Choose a fitness activity that fits with your personality and interests. This means that the exercise program and its activities must coincide with your personality, likes, and dislikes. You’re much more apt to continue with a program that is fun and challenging. Exercise does not have to be boring and painful. Moreover, exercise can come in many forms such as dancing, hiking, cycling, sports, and swimming. Exercise does not have to be performed in a gym tied to a treadmill. Be creative and ask loved ones to participate with you. Lastly, pick an exercise class that has participants of similar body type and ability. You will feel more comfortable exercising with individuals who have similar abilities and fitness goals.

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