Most people don't start a workout resolution feeling ambivalent. You were probably fired up the day you decided that this time you were going to chase your fitness goals with no mercy, and this time nothing was going to stop you.
You went for a run one morning, and then went to the gym to lift weights the next evening. Maybe you hit the indoor pool for a swim or signed up for a yoga class. You did great for a little while.
But then it fell apart. You skipped a day because of a scheduling conflict. The next day you were super tired and couldn't muster the energy to deal with your downward-facing dog. All of a sudden you looked at the calendar and realized that you hadn't done anything more strenuous than browsing Netflix in two weeks.
Another fresh start, another fail. Maybe you should have meditated first.
Wait, what? What does meditation have to do with fitness? A lot. Meditation might not rev up your heart rate like 30 minutes on the treadmill does, but it can have a major impact on the likelihood of you meeting your fitness goals.
Meditating is one of the best ways to maintain focus and connection. It can serve as a constant reminder of why you're bothering to go outside for a walk or a run, why you're going to the gym straight after work, and why you're unrolling your yoga mat before breakfast. If you're simply trying to force yourself to exercise without thinking about what drives you to do it, then it's far too easy for it to be shelved for another day.
There are many perfectly valid ways to meditate with (and for!) success, but one of the simplest ways to meditate your way to your personal fitness goals is by using affirmative mantras.