Have you ever heard the saying; what we resist, persists? In other words, if we constantly tell ourselves we do not have enough time to exercise or eat healthy, but we really want to get fit, what persists is that we never change. Our minds are so powerful, if we see ourselves exercising, choosing healthy meals then real change begins to happen.
We all are captive by our thoughts. Constantly telling ourselves that we are fat, or we really hate our thighs will only sabotage our fitness goals. Focusing on the negative will only breed more negative thoughts. To really experience lasting change our thought patterns, have to make a shift. Instead of seeing all that is wrong with our bodies and our faces, start seeing what is right. We all have areas that need more work than others, but by focusing on the positive, a shift happens that will improve all areas of the body. For example, as we age if the focus is on every wrinkle on our face, then we see ourselves as old. This thought pattern will lead to I am old so why bother eating right or exercising. See how destructive this is. Being older is not the problem, our thought patterns of what it means to be old is. Many older individuals are leading very productive healthy fit lives. Somehow we get confused by what it means to age. We get stuck in the youth phenomenon. Which last for a small part of our lives. I believe a lot of this is brought on by the advertisements. Young people are shown in ads to be fit and enjoying life. Older people are shown buying knee braces and arthritis medicine. However, just a shift of thought to what is possible instead of what is impossible opens up so many doors. Instead of saying I can’t, say I am going to check it out, because anything is possible.
How we talk to ourselves is critical in making lasting changes in our health. By focusing on what we can do, instead of what we can’t do will allow forward movement. In my practice I have seen so many overcome negative self-talk and be able to achieve their health goals. After all, it is so important to give yourself a pat on the back. The beginning of everyday should begin with positive thoughts and every day should end with positive thoughts. Science has shown that we can achieve almost anything if our thought patterns are positive.
Make this new year the year you embrace your thoughts by aligning them with positive goals you would like to achieve. It does not matter how old you are. Aging is a part of life. However, negative self-talk does not have to be a part of your life. You are amazing and capable of many things. Let’s do it together. For more information about health and fitness, please contact Kay Colgan at Middleburg Pilates and Personal Training, 14 S. Madison Street, Middleburg, Va. Or call 540-687-6995.