It’s one of the great mysteries of human nature that there exists a constant all-out war going on within us between our will and our body. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” is a popular saying that illustrates this fact: no matter how motivated we are to make a positive change in our lives, we still need our bodies to be on board to carry out the act.
The problem lies in the fact that our bodies, though they are our only vehicle to accomplish our life’s mission, are susceptible to being lazy, and giving into the temptation of unhealthy habits. In order to combat these inevitable roadblocks to the fit lifestyle, here are a few helpful tips:
Keep your goal to yourself (or at least, tell very few people about it). Studies have shown that simply telling someone that you are going to do something gives your brain the satisfaction of actually accomplishing the task. So, just let your hard work do the talking for you!
Make a plan (or have someone help you make one). Empirical evidence shows that writing down a list of tasks to be accomplished is much more helpful at getting things done than just trying to remember what you need to do. Having a trainer write you a program is the perfect way to achieve this!
Create small rewards for when you reach different milestones. This way the body gets some sort of positive sensory experience every time you make it do the hard, but necessary, work of keeping it fit.
The human mind-body connection is an incredibly powerful phenomenon. However, it does require mastery in order to be utilized effectively. The good news is that there is hope! Taking big goals piece by piece, working modestly, and surrounding yourself with people who you trust to help you are just a few ideas that can produce massive results. We are all given the ability to achieve something special; we can’t wait to see what you do with yours!
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Joe Gernetzke CSCS