The Psychology Of Fitness

Mindsets, Body Types and Everything In Between

What Are Your Beliefs About Exercise? pt 2

Here are the other 13 beliefs continued from yesterday’s post.

11 – The trainers at the gym only want your money, they’re not there to help. Are there some people out there that are exactly like this?  Yes.  Does that mean that everyone is?  No.  Find those people.

12 – They won’t like me for me and they’re only talking to me because they want to sell me personal training – How many people have liked you when you believed them to have ulterior motives before talking to them?

13 – I can’t workout, people will make fun of me – People may make fun of you, but what does their opinion matter?

14 – I’m not good enough – At what – Parcheesi?  Don’t you know that you’re already “good enough” even if you want to improve?  If you weren’t you wouldn’t be alive.

15 – No one really changes – Really?  Have you ever met a mother?  Did that person change from before they had their child to afterwards?  What about someone who just got into a relationship?  Do they act the same way that they did before the relationship?  People change all the time – you just aren’t aware of it too often.

16 – I am my own person and I like myself how I am – Good for you.  What does that have to do with changing a behavior that you say you want to change?

17 – I don’t need to work out – Yes, you are correct, you don’t have to do a god-damn thing, but there are consequences to not doing certain things?  What “consequences” do you want?  Do you want the consequence of feeling good about your body or do you want the consequence of feeling highly slothful because of inactivity? 

18 – Working out is too HARD. Hard compared to what?  If your answer is, “It’s too hard for me.”  Why?  Search those beliefs.

19 – If I start going to the gym, my friends will make fun of me – Or they’ll learn to accept you.  But either way, if that’s even remotely true (which is a question you should really figure out), maybe, just maybe it’s time to get new friends.

20 – I don’t have enough energy to work out -You may have a physiological reasons for not having enough energy, but walking and working out is typically very good for increasing energy levels over the long-term.  Are you willing to experiment for more energy overall?

21 – I never see results from working out -The truth is, most people don’t see results from exercise alone – just like most people don’t see results from dieting alone – It typically has to be a joint venture.  BUT, if you have to start somewhere, why not start with exercise?  Remember, it’s about lifestyle habits – it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

22 – Trying new things is scary – Why?  Because someone might make fun of you?  Because mistakes are bad?  Most likely, there’s other beliefs behind this one – some of which I listed above.

23 – I NEED to workout with someone else?  Really?  Isn’t it a more, “I’d like to workout with someone else?”  And if that’s the case, don’t you think going to the gym by yourself, at least at the beginning, will allow you to actually meet and befriend someone else who is already going?  Or is it that you need someone else so that you don’t feel so awkward in the gym?

These are just 23 beliefs that I’ve heard people say throughout the years and are coming off the top of my head.  You may have some of these beliefs or almost all of them and most likely if you aren’t working out, you have at least a couple.

With that said, if you’re not taking on a certain behavior that you want to take on (ie, working out) you most likely have 3-20 beliefs that are holding you back.  Obviously the more beliefs that are holding you back, the harder it is for you to take on that action.

Also, in the original post, I talked about 5 additional steps to changing your behavior – More than likely, you won’t have more than 1-3 circumstances that you need to play in your head in order to take the action, once you’ve moved past all of your beliefs.

Looking back at all of the steps it takes to change a belief, you may think that going through all of this is too much work.  So I will provide this example – Say you’ve been wanting to work out for 5 years now, but you haven’t started to work out.  If every belief takes you 1 hour to move past and you have 3 additional aspects that you need to change in order to take the action, you would have spent nearly 21 hours working through all of this.  BUT at the end of three weeks, (1 hour per day for 21 days) you should be able to start going to the gym.

Yes, you will have to then actually figure out the “how” of fitting it into your life – but you’ll actually have the desire to go to the gym.  Not a waning desire, but a true desire to go. You’ll allow yourself to go.  After 3 months of figuring out how to fit it into your life, you will be well on your way to having your life be transformed by exercise – as so many others have done before you.

Do you think those 21 hours are worth a lifetime of transformation?

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