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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    Exercise classes can be overwhelming at times because they don’t always differentiate between the aerobic fitness levels of beginners and advanced participants. You may feel like giving up five minutes into the class because you just feel too out of shape to continue.

    A couple things you can try are to seek out classes that have the beginner in mind and speak with the instructor prior to class for some modifications that you can use to make the intensity more appropriate. There is no shame in leaving a class 20 minutes early because it’s the right thing to do for your ability. The point is to go in and have fun with other exercisers in a social group setting!

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    Yes. An exercise physiologist can help you with a fitness and exercise program.  Specifically they can help with testing and laying out a specific plan as it relates to exercise. You can also seek out the help of a certified personal trainer who may have exercise physiology background and who has also gone through a certification program to receive a plan that includes assessment and program design of your exercise and nutrition needs.

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    Being overweight or obese makes it easier to give excuses not to exercise and follow a healthy lifestyle and many people use being overweight or obese as a protective barrier for them out of fear of failure to accomplish their goal of being healthy and achieving an ideal or healthy weight. People stay overweight due to a variety of factors, including emotional, psychological, and societal factors. If you want to lose weight but feel overwhelmed about where to start look into working with a life coach or a behavioral therapist who can help you work through some of your issues and give you the courage to start on the road to a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle. 
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    If it’s been a while since you’ve worked out and want to get back into shape it can be natural to feel out of shape and be depressed you’re not as fit as you might have been at a previous point. If you feel out of shape remember that previous fitness levels can be achieved again quickly. It takes less time to get back into shape than it did to get in shape the first time. Keep this in mind if you’re feeling out of shape and remember that you’ll soon be back in shape.
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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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    Professionals that specialize in Health and Fitness are usually certified through a reputable organization such as ACSM, NSCA or NASM. Those professionals have been properly educated to give reliable and accurate information to help answer questions and provide good support in areas of health and fitness. The HFPN Coaches located on sharecare are NASM certifed professionals that are designated to help people with health and fitness concerns and goals.
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    Exercise psychology is concerned with the application of psychological principles to the promotion of physical activity and exercise; the psychological and emotional consequences of physical activity and exercise and the psychological, emotional and health related consequences of the lack of exercise.
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    A team approach to weight loss typically benefits everyone involved. Studies have found that support from people sharing the same experience and struggles with the difficult talk of losing weight (and keeping it off) can enhance weight loss outcomes. 
    At the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, we encourage people joining our program to attend a weekly support group run by an experienced behavioral counselor and a dietitian. 
    This ensures that peer support, along with the expertise of our staff, is readily available to patients as they work their way through the changes needed to yield the best results.
    Additionally, working out with friends provides a level of accountability, which helps you carry through on your commitment to enhance your fitness and health. Plus, exercising with friends can provide a distraction and good company for what might otherwise be a more boring task.
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    Working out with a buddy is one of the easiest ways to help you improve your exercise frequency. In addition to increasing (or maintaining) exercise frequency, a workout buddy can help improve your fitness routine in several other ways: They can hold you accountable when you need a little extra motivation, they can motivate you or push you to work harder in the gym, they make your workout a social/fun experience rather than a chore. Many people find it easier to get to the gym when they have someone they enjoy working out and socializing with.

    A workout buddy may be a friend or loved one that you run, play a sport, or workout with on a regular basis. Many people find this to be the best kind of workout buddy, as they share similar goals and you can keep each other motivated. While it is nice to have someone that is working towards similar goals, your workout buddy doesn't have to be someone that does the same workout as you. You may find someone that goes to the gym, pool, or field at the same time. This is a buddy that will help keep you accountable and motivated for simply getting there. 

    Many gyms have community boards where members post "ads" to let other members know they are looking for a buddy. Group classes are another great way to meet people that enjoy the same activities and share similar goals. The bottom line is that having a workout buddy is a great way to improve your exercise frequency and make your workouts more fun. Whether your buddy exercises with you, or you simply motivate each other to get up and get moving, that little extra push could make all the difference. 
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    Nutrition is a lifestyle factor that is key to developing and maintaining an optimal state of health. Consuming 4-5 meals a day with high nutritional value and low calories will provide a sufficient energy source for ones body to perform at optimum levels. A healthy diet and exercising 3-5 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes will result in improved fitness levels. Also adapting this lifestyle can both prevent and treat many age-related diseases.  

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