Getting physically fit starts with being mentally prepared
Exercise is Therapy
How many times have you said “right, this year I’m going to commit to living a healthier life and start working out”, only to give up on that a few weeks later? Don’t worry you’re not the only one. Many of us don’t give up because the workout is hard or because the food isn’t nice, it’s more often due to a lack of discipline and motivation.
Common reasons for failure
Lack of discipline
Lack of motivation
Lack of structure
Poor goal setting
Lack of confidence
How can psychology help me?
Driving our performance in the gym and our decision making in the kitchen is the underlying mental skills that receive very little attention. These range from self-belief to emotional regulation. The mental strategies that develop these skills vary from developing self-talk to practicing effective goal setting. Let’s take a look at some scenarios and how working with a sport and exercise psychologist can support you.
Doubting your ability to perform
Developing appropriate self-talk
No willingness to exercise
Set S.M.A.R.T goals that have meaning
Feel like everyone is watching you
Restructuring your thoughts
“Don’t have the time”
Prioritise what you value
Lack confidence to go alone
Create structure and a plan to follow