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How to Keep a Positive Attitude Towards Fitness

February 28, 2013

Keeping a positive attitude towards fitness may be difficult at times, but it’s worth it to improve your overall health and reach your goals of getting into shape. It can be hard to keep positive thoughts going all the time, especially when you’re busy and tired … and the last thing you want to do is work out. But there are many benefits to a positive attitude when it comes to working out.

Positive thoughts can be especially empowering. By having a negative attitude, you may only be setting processes in motion that make losing weight more difficult. According to Fit Day, when you hold a negative image of yourself, you may be robbing yourself of energy that is essential for workouts. It’s easy to convince yourself that you’re not seeing results and feel powerless or unmotivated. You must learn to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones that are going to fuel your motivation for a great workout. Fit Knit Chick also said that those who are more positive in their exercise routines tend to stick to the program more than those fostering negative thoughts.

Tips for Keeping a Positive Attitude Towards Fitness

Sometimes, it’s hard to get up in the morning and be psyched about working out, especially when it’s super early. But you have to keep your attitude positive to keep yourself coming back for more workouts to help you reach your goals. One of the best ways to lift your spirits and get you excited about exercise is by rocking out to some tunes on commercial workout equipment. TRUE’s commercial treadmills, ellipticals and commercial bikes are iPod compatible, allowing you to easily watch TV or listen to your personal workout playlist that really pumps you up and gets you motivated for an effective workout. Another way to stay positive about exercise is to set your own goals. If you’re simply going through the motions every day because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do, or you’re only doing it to keep up with a friend, you may not get to where you need to be. Suzanne Segerstrom, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky and author of “Breaking Murphy’s Law: How Optimists Get What They Want From Life – and Pessimists Can Too,” said that you have to be internally motivated. You’re more likely to keep up your exercise plan if you’re committed to achieving a goal that you’re personally invested in.