Quitting lasts forever…
Thomas Alva Edison had failed 999 times before he succeeded in inventing the electric bulb. A reporter asked him, so how does it feel to have failed so many times. Edison replied, those weren’t failures. They were 999 ways how not to make an electric bulb! Attitude matters – in everything. But more so when it comes to your personal wellbeing.
Psychosomatic diseases are said to be those that are disorders with physical symptoms but originate from your mind and emotions. When negative emotions have such a great impact on the health of the body, it stands to reason that positive emotions too will help heal faster. I remember when we established Maverick fitness studios 10 years ago in Chennai, India, everyone who were asked to exercise thought they were sweating it out for me! Wish I could make all my trainers exercise and in the process get benefitted in my personal health. But it doesn’t work that way – and we all know it!
Establishing the right mental attitude towards your fitness regime will not only ensure you enjoy the process, it also will become easy to sustain for your entire lifetime. After all fitness goals can be broken up as short term goals, but their main purpose namely to be fit is a lifetime target. Things that will help you retain the right attitude towards your health and wellbeing are:
First understand this is for YOU! It is not to please your family or to win friends. It is your way of respecting the life bestowed on you.
Identify what activities interest you. Don’t begin with something you don’t enjoy. It will become a negative marker for all exercise regimes.
Add variety. Don’t do the same thing every day. Bring in a lot more variety to keep it interesting.
Be part of a support system - join a gym or have friends who also like doing the activities you like. We are creatures of a social culture. We need endorsements. The best way to get that is to be a part of a group of like minded people.
Have realistic goals. 40 odd years of aberrant eating cannot be set right in 2 weeks! Don’t set unrealistic goals and get disappointed.
Fitness is a lifestyle modification. It is not about making time one hour every day for exercise. It is about eating right, taking those stairs, lifting your own case, sleeping right and living life second on second with the awareness of how miraculous your body is.
Most crucially – never give up! However unfit you may be right now, however old, ailing or weak – every one of the hundred trillion cells in your body are working hard to keep you alive and well. They usually succeed. So never quit for pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever!
By Gita Krishna Raj
CEO Maverick, Holistic Lifestyle coach C.H.E.K Institute USA, Metabolic Typing Advisor, Health excel UK