It has been found that there is a strong correlation between the power of positivity and its effect on exercise. The way you think during your exercise can impact the workout and your overall health. Positivity can boost your self-awareness and assessment of your progress during exercise. Through positivity, one may be able to achieve one's fitness goals, and increase one's overall happiness. Positivity during exercise can also improve self-esteem for individuals struggling with body image and confidence. There are many techniques one can implement into their exercise routine to improve positivity and exercise outcomes.
A way to bring positivity to your exercise is to take a moment of mindfulness before beginning the workout. During this moment, try to tune out the negative comparisons or harsh thoughts you commonly have while exercising. Bring your attention to your fitness goals and your motivation for achieving these goals. Instead of comparing your exercise routine or body image to those around you, focus on using positive self-talk to improve your fitness accomplishments. Establishing on-going positive self-talk can be done through making encouraging, positive statements towards yourself throughout the exercise routine. For example, if you are lifting a heavier weight than usual; say to yourself "I am strong and powerful". Consistent positive self-talk can convince your body and mind that you can complete a difficult workout, increase your endurance or even lift heavier weights. Staying positive can be difficult, yet through using self-talk you are able to encourage yourself while staying motivated.
Another way to bring positivity to your exercise is through challenging your negative thoughts experienced during the workout. When experiencing negative thoughts, ask yourself why you are feeling this way. By self-reflecting on these thoughts and identifying the root cause of them you are giving yourself an opportunity to change them into positive thoughts. Negative thoughts can be changed into positive thoughts through using positive self-talk and taking a moment of mindfulness. By changing negative thoughts into positive thoughts while exercising, you are able to turn around the exercise to benefit your overall health and mood.
Visualization strategies can also be helpful. Hone your thoughts and eyesight directly on the weights and visualize your success. Focus your breathing in tune with exerting force. See the success before it happens. While this may be a more advanced skill, it can be quite helpful.
If you are consistently struggling with positivity, gaining the support of a mental health therapist can be helpful. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help individuals shift their thoughts from negative to positive while focusing on developing coping mechanisms to decrease stress. A therapist can also help you get to the root cause of the negative thoughts, while providing support and guidance to heal. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has benefits of increasing self-esteem and developing rational thought patterns to improve positivity. Shifting your thoughts and using positivity while exercising can improve fitness outcomes as well as mood and overall happiness.
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