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More Than Fitness: MINDSET is key to happiness and success

MORE THAN FITNESS: why the right mindset is a key to happiness and success

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford
It is widely accepted by medical professionals that a large number of illnesses stem from stress. We have the ability to prepare our minds to cope with difficult situations, although we may not always be able to control our environment. The hormones that give us energy can also cause stress, which can lead to negative behaviors such as hyperactivity, aggression, and even heart disease if left unchecked. Taking care of our emotional health is therefore essential for overall well-being.

Though in the fitness world, a lot of focus is placed on the strategies and techniques to stay healthy, it is often overlooked that having the right mindset is essential to truly reach optimal health. No matter how much money you spend on the latest exercise equipment, the top trainer, or the most exclusive gym membership, if your mindset isn't in the right place, it's going to be difficult to reach your goals and enjoy the process.

Optimal Health of the mind is measured on the continuum between anxiety, unhealthy on one end, and mindful state on the other end. The goal of training is to move away from constant stress into a mindful lifestyle regularly. The Totalfit workout framework is designed with a set of questions centered around gratitude, empathy, and vulnerability. The way we reflect and answer questions influences many areas of our thinking and trains the mind to think positively. Totalfit coaches train athletes in complex movements that stimulate the neurological connections in our brains to strengthen our minds.

Mindfulness is the mental ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

How to build the Right Mindset?

One of the biggest challenges people face is staying motivated and committed to their fitness and personal goals. Whether it's a lack of energy, a busy schedule, or simply losing interest, there are many obstacles that can derail even the most determined individuals. Here are a few tips that can help you build and sustain the right MINDSET.

Make your 'why' work:

Why is health important for you? Why do you want to lose weight, or gain weight? How will it make you feel? How will you look? If you have a clear WHY, you can figure out almost any HOW. Connecting with the reasons why you began this journey in the first place is necessary to help you stay committed and successful in the long term.

Increase your faith in yourself:

Believing in yourself is essential to reach any goal. When you trust yourself and your abilities, that’s when the magic starts to happen!

Nurture a positive and supportive environment:

Renowned businessman Jim Rohn once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” It is essential to surround yourself with a positive and motivating community – the people that support and motivate you to exercise, reach your goals, and bring about change.
Develop accountability:

Accountability is one of the best tools in helping to stay motivated and on track. Encourage yourself to keep a training diary or journal, and make progress check-ins to stay focused and committed to your goals.

Set goals and make small steps:

One of the most important factors in staying motivated is having clear and achievable goals. When setting goals, make sure they are specific, measurable, and realistic. Have big goals but make sure to break these goals into small steps that you can take every day. This approach will help you steadily reach your major goals. It can be intimidating to contemplate a goal that seems far away, but when you break it down into achievable tasks, it becomes much more manageable.

Enjoy your efforts:

A lot of people focus on achieving goals. Goals are defined as; “the RESULT from which you put an EFFORT.” People focus on the result...RESULTS are often out of our control. Instead, we need to focus on the effort. EFFORT we CAN control. Enjoying efforts helps us dwell on the right mindset of being enthusiastic and motivated.

Taste small victories:

Achieving small victories along the way can help keep you motivated and on track. It is crucial to celebrate the progress, no matter how small, and see the positive changes you are making. Own your success and share the joy of it with others.

In conclusion, the right mindset is the key to reaching happiness and success. By understanding the major factors that influence motivation and using the tips outlined above, you can help yourself and others to stay committed, focused, and motivated on the journey to optimal health. Learn more in the article "7 Strategies to boost holistic health".