When you workout, you need to have the heart to put in your maximum. That means you need to create a great relationship with yourself so you can cheer yourself on to victory. Talking to yourself isn’t crazy, people do it all the time. Of course, much of it is mental, but occasionally you even talk out loud. A good relationship will help you follow through on those goals that you’ve set, respecting that inner voice.
You have to like yourself to be kind to yourself.
You might say that being pampered, laying on a lounge and eating peeled grapes is being kind to yourself, but deep down inside, you know it’s not true. First, you need someone to go along with that idea and second, your body tells you what it needs. When you workout, you feel fantastic after the workout. That’s because it burns of stress hormones and replaces them with ones that make you feel good. That good feeling is your body saying you’re doing great and letting you know that you make a good team.
Eating healthy not only tastes good, it’s good for you.
When you have a good relationship with yourself, you’re willing to give healthy living a chance. You take risks that you’ll not only get huge benefits, but also enjoy food more in the process. Healthy eating isn’t dieting, but instead making smarter choices when it comes to food. You’ll eat more whole foods and less processed ones that have dangerous chemicals and higher calories. You’ll also eat more! Some of the changes may include making substitutions, such as eating an apple instead of candy bars or even more subtle, using Greek yogurt on your baked potato instead of sour cream. You’ll won’t have to give up some of your high calorie foods you love, just eat them less often and use portion control. That means you never fall off the wagon when you eat healthy, unlike dieting. It also means a better relationship with yourself.
When you develop a good relationship with yourself, don’t forget a positive attitude.
If you listen to the voice in your head, you’re bound to hear things like, “you look terrible,” “you’re fat,” or “you’re stupid.” How many times have you said these things in your own mind? A good friend would never talk that way to you and you shouldn’t talk that way to yourself. Instead of saying, “I’ll never be able to do this right,” learn to give yourself kudos for what you accomplished by saying, “Hey, I’m getting better.” You’ll go further in every endeavor when you become your own cheerleader.
Find the best from every situation. Not only does negative self-talk harm you, but lamenting over everything does too. If your plans go awry, it may be an opportunity for something better and more fun. Learning to be positive makes you happier and happiness is essential to good health.
When you have aches and pains from working out, think of those as markers for progress. Of course, if they’re unbearable and last a long time, don’t hesitate to get professional help to find if you have a serious problem. Your body will tell you what’s normal and what’s not.
Drink plenty of water on the road to good health. Water not only flushes out toxins, it can help you have more energy and make you think clearer.
Get plenty of rest. You owe it to yourself to get a good night’s sleep for mental awareness and good health. Exercising helps you sleep sounder.