Rewriting a Bad Script
When getting in shape, many people are filled with strong feelings of self-doubt, especially if they’ve tried and failed to stick to a fitness program in the past, explains fitness expert Gin Miller. As a result, it’s not uncommon to hear yourself silently reciting negative “scripts” about your inability to stick to a program.
“People who have been inactive might be frustrated about the fact that they’re starting over,” says Miller. “Try to avoid beating yourself up with comparisons to what you used to be able to do or with others around you. Remind yourself of your commitment to take back control of your physical wellbeing.”
Change the script in your head by staying positive. Instead of thinking, “I’ve done this before and I failed,” replace negative statements with “I can” statements. Say, “I can get in shape,” “I’m strong,” “I can succeed” or “I will commit to my fitness program.” Repeat these affirmations to yourself regularly or write them down in your journal for easy reference.
Remember that you and your body are worth the effort. If you change the dialogue in your head to support your fitness endeavors, your journey will be much easier.
Did You Know? Drinking coffee might help your fitness regimen. A study by the University of Connecticut at Storrs found that drinking caffeinated beverages before a workout may not dehydrate your body and other studies claim that it may actually give you a boost.