Today’s Fit Friday post is by my friend Erma, the genius behind the best pomades I’ve ever used.. and PS She has great hair! Check it out and leave your comments below!
My body aches.
I’m out of breath.
We have probably uttered these and similar statements during or after workouts. When we make statements like these, we are referencing how we physically feel. However, research from the Centre for Clinical Interventions suggests that our thoughts and beliefs influence our emotions and actions. This is often the case concerning fitness. There are some of us who wake up pumped to exercise, while others of us need a few pushes. Whatever the case, our thoughts affect the ease or difficulty of our endeavors.
It’s natural for new moms to have self-defeating thoughts. You may not be feeling sexy after the baby, but you can recapture the confidence you need to start working out again. Remember, you are the woman who carried a baby in your stomach for nine months. You are the woman who raised other children while carrying that baby in your stomach for nine months. You are the woman who structured a household while pregnant. You can conquer a fitness routine. You can do this!
What, do you ask, is the first step to mastering the fitness challenge? Be aware of your thoughts. “Being aware of your feelings and your thoughts is the first step towards feeling better”, according to the Centre for Clinical Interventions. It makes sense, too. Reflect on how often you feel like you can conquer the world after you’ve fed yourself thoughts of disempowerment. Probably never. You can reverse those thoughts, though. Just think about all the reasons you have to feel and be empowered. Remember the people depending on Mommy. You can’t be the best to and for them if you are struggling to stay afloat emotionally.
Take control of your thoughts the way you take control of your kids. When Mommy says “no more”, that’s it. Let it be the same way with your thoughts. Allow no room for negative feelings. Greatness is on the other side of that wall of disheartenment. Kick it down with your running shoes and keep going.
Research source: http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.
Erma Williams-Nurse is an avid writer whose topics of interest include hair, health, and fitness. In addition to exercising her love of the written word, she is also the owner of The Pomade Shop.