Exploring the Mental Aspect of Fitness
John B. Perry
I promote and teach the 3 phases of fitness to all my clients.
Many are unaware of what the three phases entail. If you fall
into this same category…let me take this opportunity to enlighten
The 3 phases are the Mental, Physical and Financial aspects
or phases of fitness. This is a concept I developed a little
over two years ago and have had great success with improving
client's mindsets. Let's look at how each of these relate
to your health and fitness.
Mental fitness: Everyone has a fitness "script" or mindset
concerning fitness. This is what is instilled in each of us
at an early age. It is how our parents, teachers, loved ones,
and society as a whole views health and fitness. Just like
most beliefs we posses… they were learned.
I like to call it a fitness script.
Most scripts have been formed from the experiences in one's
life. This script is what is keeping people overweight, unhappy
and full of excuses.
Speaking of excuses, in order to fulfill the "I am not worthy
prophesy," clients will sabotage their potential success with
reasons why exercise will never work.
You see, they do not actually want to succeed.
Achieving their goals would mean they are abandoning the script;
the script for failure.
No matter how much weight some people lose, they will eventually
start to gain it back because they are "destined," in their
minds, to have big hips, thighs and buttocks.
There is also the added pressure of keeping it off, lifestyle
changes, ridicule and judgment from the family.
Making excuses relieves the pressure. Actually, people become
pretty good at it. The more excuses they make, the more they
will believe them too. It becomes reality.
A lot of the excuses are based in fear as well.
When he or she attempts a weight loss program the fears begin
"What if I fail?"
"What if I lose weight and then gain it all back?"
"How will people look at me …judge me?"
"This will take up a lot of time."
"I will lose a lot of freedom."
"I would rather go down the traveled road…the easy road."
All of this thinking is based on someone's blueprint or script
of fitness and of success.
Much of failure in life is rooted in fear.
The good news is anyone can edit the script at any time. They
can discard the old ways of thinking; the thoughts that belong
to someone else anyway - the reasoning that has lead to being
overweight, unsatisfied and miserable.
When clients make up their minds to develop their own fitness
script, one that involves proper exercise, eating habits and
respect for their body, then they begin to write a "happy
ending " for themselves.
Proper fitness knowledge, affirmations/positive self-talk,
support partners or friends are all tools to re-set the mental
aspect of fitness and to get it moving full steam ahead.
When it comes to meeting fitness goals, I feel changing the
inside first is the way to go. Your mindset will affect how
you approach health and wellness. It can make all the difference
in your fitness aspirations.
Looking and feeling good should be something you desire to
do; not what you think should be done.
Beyond achieving goals or resolutions, proper health should
be a way of living. If people would just make it a priority,
then being fit would not be such a struggle or loathsome routine
One of my clients, we will call her Joan, tells her story
"I am a busy mother who put work and family above my health.
After talking with you I decided to make my health a priority;
not a time-consuming one, nonetheless a priority. I don't
really set goals. I just make sure I do something everyday
for at least 20 minutes. Sometimes that is 7-8 minutes here
and another 10 minutes there, but I always find time to exercise…
it is never a matter of if, just when. I have a passion to
look and feel great. By making exercise a part of my day,
no matter what, it has made all the difference. I am a better
mom, better accountant and better person for it."
You see, it does not take extravagant routines, flashy exercise
garb or expensive equipment to be fit. The main thing is that
you do something to stay healthy. For me, (and my clients)
it begins with the mind. Train your way of thinking. Write
your own script on what the "healthy you" looks and feels
Find routines that make you feel good about you. Before you
ever pick up a dumbbell, get rid of all the "negative information"
about exercise. Create a new script based on good, solid health
and fitness information; this, alone, will have a huge impact
on your fitness results.
Take home points:
Don't believe what others have told you about exercise and
Develop your own fitness script based on good health information
and positive experiences.
Begin any program focusing on your mindset and getting the
inner self prepared.
Prioritize: make exercise a must… for you.
Do some type of exercise everyday. This does not have to be
time consuming to get results.
Focus on improving how you feel about yourself and how that
affects the world around you.
Having a fitness lifestyle is not just about the exercises
you do; it is about how you view exercise and its ramifications
on your life that makes the difference.
"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes."
Want to learn how to improve your finances by adding exercise
to your daily routine? Go to http://www.hiptobefit.com
John B. Perry, P.T., C.S.C.S. is a fitness and biomechanics
enhancement expert. He has a fitness newsletter website, writes
e-books and articles, produces fitness videos and performs
seminars and teleseminars on Health, Wealth and Fitness.
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