What's the secret to staying motivated, specifically when it comes to exercise?
New Year's resolutions to lose weight and commit to a healthier lifestyle always start off with the best intentions. Yet, as many resolutions go, the drive and determination slowly fades, and with it, the resolution. This is especially true for beginner/first-time exercisers. Their initial enthusiasm and vigor starts to lessen when results don't come as quickly as they like or if they suffer any setbacks due to injuries.
So, what is the main differentiating factor between the success stories and the ones who give up? Mindset. We at Zen Labs, the creators of the C25K app, as well as numerous other running and exercise apps, have received thousands of success stories. And the common theme among all of them is the user's mindset. Those who are able to achieve their goals, whether it's completing a 5K race for the very first time or successfully training to do 100 push-ups, have the winner's mindset.
The winner's mindset is simple. You have to look at yourself as a winner. A winner's mindset is adopting an extremely positive attitude and looking at each experience (good and bad) as a learning event. It is easier said than done and is a skill that most have to work at. Many fail to realize that just getting out there and exercising is a win. Many fail to see that slow progress is still progress! With a winner's mindset, you are striving to be the best that you can be. Instead of viewing injuries and setbacks as a negative incident, you look at them as mere speed bumps and learning experiences. It will make you appreciate the journey, your progress, and how hard you have worked to get to where you are today.
From users' stories of battling cancer, of an amputee coping with a prosthetic leg, or others fighting depression, we at Zen Labs continue to be inspired and motivated by individuals rising above their circumstances to accomplish their fitness goals.
The winner's mindset applies to all aspects of life — your relationships, your career, etc. To adopt this mindset will help you overcome any challenge life throws at you. So we at Zen Labs challenge you: make 2014 your best fitness year ever. Set some realistic goals, and commit and discipline yourself to become the best that you can possibly be. Along the way, don't forget to step back, and really appreciate all that you have accomplished, no matter how big or small. Life is a precious journey, and your body is the engine to get you through it, so take care of it! The greatest wealth is health!
Here's wishing you all a long, happy, and healthy life.