My Way: What Comes First, Mind or Body?

Final_attitude_logo_small3A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about how fitness isn’t always fair and at the end of it I wrote “If you can change your mind and change your attitude, changing your body will surely follow.” This is something I definitely believe. On the other hand, I also believe for many the body comes before the mind. This is probably not something you typically hear. Let me explain what I mean by this.

I believe that for many people just getting started, even when they don’t want to, is what gets their mind on board. I also believe getting in shape and changing the body gives people confidence they never had before. You can see it during the process and you can definitely see it when they are becoming who they want to be. Quiet shy people who were filled with self-doubt are suddenly walking around with swag and taking things on with confidence. People who before would never want their picture taken are the first ones in line. People literally go from hiding and not wanting to be a part of conversations to being outspoken and outgoing. People who you never saw smile before are now beaming every time you see them.

Does this happen to everyone? No, not necessarily, but it happens to a lot. This is why I tell people who don’t want to get started on their journey to fitness, or are too afraid to start, to just do it. I tell them to trust me that if they just get started great things will happen, and once they get through the tough part they’ll see what’s waiting for them on the Fitness Imageother side.

Sure, people are more likely to have success if their mind is fully committed to it and they go into it with a great attitude. The problem with that is what if they never end up having that attitude? Where does that leave them? You can’t wait to be ready. You may never be ready.

If I can just get people in the gym, even if they don’t want to, usually that transformation starts to take place. They see how good it feels to be active. They see how much more energy they have. They see their body starting to change and pretty soon their attitude starts to change as well. Sometimes, just getting started is what gives them the motivation they needed to change their life. This is something that never would have happened if they hadn’t forced themselves to start.

Motivation is a funny thing. Too many times people won’t do things they want or need to do because they don’t feel motivated to do so. It’s such a dangerous thing to wait around to be motivated. It’s pretty unlikely you’ll just be sitting on your couch one day and all of sudden decide now’s the time. You certainly don’t want to be motivated to change because of something bad that happens. Unfortunately that is often the real motivator for people. Getting motivated because your doctor diagnosed you with some obesity related disease is not the way you want to be motivated.

Of 0d7e0b83526f416187eef9d5b557446c_2all the people who I’ve convinced to start going to the gym, even if they went kicking and screaming the whole way, not once has anyone regretting getting started. Each and every single time they are happy they did start working out and as a result they feel so much better about many things in their life. Whether they continue on with it forever may or may not happen. The way I look at it though is if they realize how good it makes them feel, it at least gives them a chance. It’s certainly better than sitting on the sidelines and never giving yourself an opportunity to be happy.

To wrap this up, what I’m trying to say is that certainly wanting it badly is going to be a big help to your success. You absolutely should try to get your mind right and head into things with a positive attitude. However, if you can’t get your mind there, give it a shot anyway. You may just find out you are capable of so much more than you ever thought possible. Don’t sell yourself short and start realizing your dreams now!

Happy Lifting!

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11 comments for “My Way: What Comes First, Mind or Body?

  1. January 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    “Fake it till you Make it” I always say…

  2. January 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Whenever I’m going through one of those lulls, and don’t feel like training, I always just tell myself to ‘just get to the gym’. Don’t go through what you need to do in your head or think of the long term goals, as both of these can be defeating at times. In those times of low motivation or lack of inspriration, it’s ‘get there, the rest will just happen’. It never fails…

    • January 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Same here Matt. I’ve never once gotten there when I didn’t want to and not have been so happy I went. Always makes me feel better. Just focus on the process. 🙂

  3. Carlos Flores
    January 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Really loved your article and perspective on this matter. The gym is an intimidating place, not everyone feels comfortable in their own skin let alone the clothes they are wearing. People lack confidence in the beginning and often times fall short because of it. The root of their success is in their self-efficacy and self-worth. Our job as trainers, motivators and health professionals should be geared towards increasing their self worth. Small internal changes lead to big external changes, once a cognitive effect has taken place the physical will follow. Great Article!

    • January 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Carlos! Obviously I totally agree! 🙂

  4. Amy
    January 4, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Great article! I completely agree. Not being in shape myself, the gym was intimidating. My confidence was saying -you have no business being there. But I did anyway. Now I love the way I feel. In fact I had more confidence in myself after the first time I walked out.
    I am hooked now!!

    • January 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Thank you! Good for you! It’s not easy for people to get going and a lot of people have that feeling that the gym is only for people who are in great shape already. But as you have found out that’s not the case at all. Besides, how do people think they got in the shape they are in to begin with? 🙂 We are all in this together and everyone at the gym is there for a reason. Way to go!

  5. January 4, 2013 at 6:22 am

    This is an excellent article and I am with you all the way on this! I share the same with my clients! If you just do it the mind, body and spirit will generaly follow! Well written, great message!

    • January 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Thank you very much! That’s a great message to send your clients for sure!

  6. January 4, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Hi all mates,fitness is need of body.Human beings require fitness while achieving any task in life. Being healthy is not a difficult place to reach, but in order to feel better, look better, and think clearer, you need a strong nutritional base and proper workout.

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