Thriving in life and fitness goes beyond our workouts and diets. Thriving in life and fitness requires a focus on our mind, body, spirit and emotions. Start trying these six actions and shifts in mindset today, and I can almost guarantee you'll immediately notice how life can catapult you in and out of the gym.
1. Have a positive perspective.
Your outlook and perception about your situations dictate your moods. Everyone has stress, everyone experiences setbacks and runs into obstacles, but people with a positive mindset realize these moments often provide the necessary steps for personal growth. Stoicism is about choosing how to respond to the external things we can't control. So let go of the stresses around things you can't control, and instead focus your energy on what you the controllable factors in life.
2. Find pleasure in the process.
Masterpieces aren’t created in a day. Literary classics aren’t manifested overnight. Weight loss isn’t accomplished in a week. All remarkable feats take time and patience, and become realities through a series of small, simple steps. Individuals who thrive in life and fitness know that chasing short cuts and seeking the easy way are just temporary bandages for their problems. Just as a levee will eventually break under a certain amount of pressure, your stop-gap "bandage" will eventually unravel.
3. Eat to nourish your body and mind.
When you sacrificing taste in the pursuit of the "perfect" body, you do yourself a major disservice. Food has the ability to bring pleasure, nourishment, healing and social connections to our lives. Obtaining the body you desire while eating a healthy-but-satiating diet can and should flawlessly mesh. Experiment with your diet until you find the perfect blend for your goals and pleasure.
4. Take daily timeouts from life.
If we don’t stay mindful, we run the risk of losing ourselves in the daily rate race of life, constantly moving from one thing to the next without taking time to appreciate the moment. We so often obsess over our fitness goals and forget to credit ourselves with the progress made so far. Take some time everyday to be grateful to yourself for what you have, the people in your life and your aspirations. Meditating for as little as 10 minutes a day can make a big difference. Remember: There's magic hidden in small things.
5. Take ownership of your actions.
No matter how many inspirational quotes we read or how many feel-good stories we read, at the end of the day, we are the architects of our own lives. From fitness to relationships to careers, we are the captain of our ships and can steer them in whatever direction we want. Those who thrive in life and fitness understand that discipline is essential and excuses serve no purpose.
6. Make movement a daily priority.
One of the biggest secrets those who thrive in fitness and seemingly never fall off the fitness wagon have is a commitment to staying consistent. It’s not the commitment to always make it to the gym, but the commitment that somehow, someway, movement will happen during the day. You won’t always make it to the gym, but you can take a relaxing walk, perform some bodyweight exercises at home or even dance around your room. Just like paying rent and grocery shopping are necessities and can't be skipped, neither should making sure you move your body every single day.
What’s another habit that you feel is essential to thriving in life and fitness?