I'm always amazed at the lessons we can learn from watching children's movies. A recent evening cuddled on the couch watching Kung Fu Panda (while my soon-to-be 3 year old practiced her “dragon warrior” moves) inspired some deep thought on the way we view situations and its impact on our fitness journey.
Although the entire film was great (and there are a number of lessons to take note of), one message that struck me was ”where you came from (or where youve recently been) does not determine who you are NOW or what you can do moving forward.
One teaching I want to pair with this is BEWARE of your THOUGHTS and SELF TALK. The power of your thought process has a HUGE impact on where you go in life and is a make-or-break when it comes to hitting goals or reaching success.
Of course these principles apply to all aspects of life, but can especially be of use when we struggle on our fitness and health journey.
If you have trouble getting (and keeping) in shape, whatever “in shape” may mean to you, I want you to pay attention to the words you say to yourself most often. If you are constantly giving yourself negative programming (“I just can’t lose weight, I could never look like THAT, Im not meant to be lean and healthy,” etc…) then that is exactly the message your brain will continue to give you “dont lose weight, dont look like that, dont be lean and healthy”).
Here are a few techniques I recommend to my clients at Healthplex Training and Weight Loss Center;
1. Watch your thoughts! Rather than the negative self programming you typically give yourself, start telling yourself “I AM healthy. I AM fit, yes, I CAN do this!”
2. Read 10 min of an inspirational book every day. I highly recommend What to Say when You Talk to Yourself by Dr. Shad Helmstetter. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Helmstetter and listen to him speak about a year ago, and his teachings are amazing and can have a positive influence on all areas of life that you may want to improve.
3. Hire Help! Sometimes we get discouraged, confused, etc before we even get started! Even if it is short term, it’s always a good idea to enlist the services of a certified fitness professional (I recommend FMS trained fit pros) to set up your individual programming and get you and KEEP you on track.
4. Get Moving! forget about where you’ve been. A new you starts NOW. With one foot in fron of the other, keep moving forward. With the right attitude and tenacity, you WILL succeed in your fitness journey.
Yours in Health,
HealthPlex Fitness: The Functional Movement Experts.