When it comes to our health and overall fitness, there is much more to it then casually going through the motions on a few pieces of exercise equipment or, taking a leisurely walk around the block.
The physical part is easy, its the mental game that determines in all of us whether we will be successful or not when it comes to losing weight, building more muscle after 50 and getting stronger, making the right food choices or, rehabilitating from an injury or elective surgical procedure like undergoing a total knee, hip, or shoulder replacement surgery.
As I have mentioned and discussed with all my in-home patients or clients is this piece of advice which holds true it is that the body follows the mind. Our minds should reign supreme over our bodies when it comes to our health, fitness levels or self-esteem for that matter.
To let your body through fear dictate your course of action due to insecurity and the unknown in life whether it’s starting a new job, or beginning a new fitness routine is setting yourself up for failure. Your body is and always should be, the servant of the mind! Your body will go much further than your mind thinks it can!
When you hire a Personal Trainer or Physical Therapist to help you achieve your fitness or rehabilitation goals, if they have not sat down with you and discussed the importance of your mental outlook and have not found out what is motivating you to hire them in the first place, you need to look for someone else as fast as you can.
The mental component is the most important aspect to achieving success in your fitness or post-rehab goals, you have to see your success first before you will achieve it.
To take a fitness client or rehab patient mindlessly through a workout without incorporating some mental fitness or what drives them as well is taboo in my personal opinion. I know the mind has to learn how to focus on what they are trying to achieve, whether its is to lose weight or, to come back physically stronger after surgery.
Every session whether it’s personal training or, physical rehabilitation the first few minutes before and after the session should be spent on getting into your mind and, finding ways to motivate you to achieve and aspire to be greater then they thought possible.
In other words, you both have to know your why first before you can have the determination to press on and not give up when times get tough and they will at times during your fitness or physical rehabilitation journey.
All change in fitness, for instance, has to start from the inside out. When it comes to losing weight prior to surgery or after surgery, you have to see your results first and learn to take your weight loss goals one small chunk at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed with all that has to be accomplished.
Life, in general, can be tough, it’s not for the passive. When it comes to your health and fitness or physical rehabilitation, either you are all in or your not. Life does not have time for lackadaisical efforts when it comes to your health and overall physical fitness. Have you seen the price of medical care in this country lately?
Your mind will either be your greatest ally in strengthening and developing your body or your worst enemy. You have the choice right now to decide.
Richard Haynes PTA, CPT
Total Joint Fitness LLC