"It’s time we rethink fitness and train the entire person—not just the body."
Why do some people dread the mere idea of healthy living while others seem to crave it? You’ve probably heard plenty of rally calls that focus on the struggle to get into shape. These campaigns quickly lose steam. Why? Because they don’t teach people how to shift gears and go from fighting to enjoying. They forget about mindset.
To be clear, mindset training isn’t a substitute for an appropriate diet and exercise regime. It also doesn’t suggest that information about diet and exercise isn’t necessary and valuable. Rather, mindset training poses that this information alone won’t provide the inspirational catalyst necessary for real change. It won’t sustain the internal drive that’s needed for a change to become the norm. There has to be a system of thinking that supports the new approach to healthy living. Otherwise, the actions and choices will be forced and, thus, despised. This is why so many people struggle to stay motivated.
Going from dreading to enjoying an activity requires an internal shift in the way we perceive that activity. That shift involves cognitive reframing and is ultimately what causes the activity to become pleasurable and integrated into our way of living. However, in order to embrace this new approach, the old one needs to be broken down. Too often, conventional fitness wisdom falls short, as it is typically based on external drivers. We refer to these external drivers as “default motivators.”
Mindset training should be the foundation of any healthy-living program. We can’t just tell the body what actions to take; we have to train the entire person, including a mind that may be filled with counterproductive ways of thinking and approaches to fitness. Altering habits isn’t about pushing through. It is about changing the way we think and feel about healthy living altogether.
It’s time we rethink fitness and train the entire person—not just the body.
- Daniella Land
Daniella Land is the co-author of the newly released book, All In: The Mindset of Fitness. The ways we have been taught to approach fitness are backwards and counterproductive. All In: The Mindset of Fitness challenges conventional wisdom and coaches the reader through rethinking fitness. Learn how to foster lasting motivation and train your mindset for continual success.
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