THE KEY TO EXERCISE SUCCESS IS MIND OVER MATTER
If you exercise, you know not every workout is your best. Sometimes it feels more difficult, and you may be tempted to quit. The same thing can happen with weight loss motivation when you hit a plateau. This demotivation can be fleeting, taking you away from your workout plan for a day or two. Or, it can drag out and make you totally lose sight of your fitness relationship goals.
A new study puts some merit to the power of mindset when it comes to your exercise routine. According to the research published in Health Psychology, the attitude you take toward your workout plan can affect your health and wellbeing. Scientists looked at more than 60,000 adults over 16 years. They examined their levels of physical activity, as well as their thoughts about their health. They found that kind, supportive thoughts were just as important as the actual exercise itself. The participants who compared their progress at the gym to those around them started to think of themselves as less healthy than the exercisers who did more. (Think comments like, “she’s in much better shape than I am,” “she looks so much better in those leggings than I ever would,” or “she could do a lot more push-ups than I can.”) Positive thinkers are more likely to live longer, healthier lives, even when their exercise levels are the same as their counterparts.
The moral of the story: negative self-talk can subtract from the benefits of exercise. To harness all the positive that goes along with a regular full body workout—and to keep your own mindset upbeat—here are some health tips:
Push yourself in a nice manner during the Curves Circuit.
Research shows that pushing yourself is the best way to get results, both in terms of your performance during your workouts and your weight loss once you walk out of the gym. A study done at the Scripps Research Institute and published in Euro-Mediterranean Biomedical Journal found that pushing yourself during short bouts of intensive exercise (like the Curves workout plan) changes the body and muscles in ways milder exercise does not. This positive feedback cycle will help you reap the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and perform your full body workout to your highest potential.
Use positive self-talk as weight loss motivation
Research shows that gratitude and optimism can help with weight loss encouragement. When we’re thankful, we tend to be more positive and happier overall. This makes us more likely to want to lose weight in the first place and more likely to succeed with a weight loss and workout plan. According to results of a Swedish study published in Eating and Weight Disorders, participants in a cognitive therapy treatment program, which encourages positive responses, lost more weight than those who were not in therapy. They were more likely to keep the weight off, too.
Surround yourself with people who provide weight loss encouragement
To stay upbeat as you go for your weight loss and fitness relationship goals, spend time with people who make you a better, happier person. You will find lots of support from the ladies you meet at Curves women only gym. Women who are in the same boat as you--who enjoy the Curves circuit and want to embrace a healthier lifestyle overall--will make you feel like you have what it takes to overcome obstacles and reach your goals.