Updated: Jan 21
This topic is always easier said than done, right? Even though negativity sells better and is much more effortless, that still doesn’t mean that positivity cannot win, especially when we’re doing something that ultimately will benefit our lives! Just like the old saying goes - think positive, and you’ll be positive. If you feel the same way, then this article is for you!
First off we have to set our mindset right and understand that all workouts work. If you deliberately include movement in your daily life, then it will contribute to your overall well-being. That is what #positivefitness is all about – living the life at its fullest so that we could have the energy to experience it through love and laughter.
To give you a little background about me - I’m from an environment where negativity is highly-valued while anything else is seen as foolish. Alcoholic parents and no friends made me angry for many years whereas deep down I was really just..sad.
Only when I left home to go study abroad in Denmark, I realized that there's more to life. I still remember the day when I saw that old Danish granny (around 80) that ran passed me while I could barely climb up to the 5th floor. The beginning was the toughest, of course. Literally, after a simple 10-minute run, I spend the remaining day in bed sleeping and trying to recover. Little by little I managed to increase my running pace and distance - the rest is history.
...all workouts work. If you deliberately include movement in your daily life, then it will contribute to your overall well-being. That is what positive fitness is all about...
So for me, it was the environmental change that brought me to positive fitness. However, this environment change can also be applied on a smaller scale, like moving away from a stressful city center, replacing that everyday TV session with a gym or even going grocery shopping to another store.
You can also start charging yourself up with organic, green superfood. There's a great Wellness Book I highly recommend that combines 30 delicious recipes so you can try a new recipe every day for a month. All the small changes bring you closer to positive fitness.
My point here is that if you’re used to a certain pattern, it’s harder to alter the mindset, so I suggest to:
Eat less (not starve here but just don't over-eat. You will feel lighter and mobile);
Slightly freeze (take morning showers) - it will make you step outside your comfort zone and appreciate the warmth;
Run away from boring people (especially from arrogance and egoism);
If you’re starting alone, start low-profile (don’t show off and tell everybody that you're going to the gym – most people have that natural expectation that you’ll be fit now and/or they'll wait till you give up to feel better because they don't have the right determination themselves;
Stretch in the morning - uhh, this is one of my favorites. Waking ourselves up and just feeling that you're alive.. Hearing those joints greasing.. it's the best feeling in the world;
Drink lots of water to get all the junk out & Get enough beauty sleep.
All this will make you feel physically GREAT so you’ll be able to think clearer, think #positive and ultimately see the world through positive fitness eyesight!
Still, how to find those motivational words for someone to inspire and not give up when the first difficulty comes?
I'll try to emphasize the big picture here and keep it short! The satisfaction, the proudness and the fact that you actually win the toughest enemy - Yourself. This cannot be put in words: it’s addictive. Laziness is the invisible agent who’s always there, especially if you pushed yourself yesterday, and today you have to do it all over again!
At that moment switch on your power of the mind and tell yourself that this is where the winners are made. Remember that feeling of satisfaction after a workout and be one of those few who choose the progress over unwillingness to work.
You won’t even notice when all the benefits start to kick in – confidence, appearance, intelligence, the persistent character. There’s no way to make a positive change in your life if your body is feeling tired and if you’re close to emotional burn-out.
That is why we need to take care of ourselves – physically and mentally. It’s like taking your phone to the fixer when it’s broke or putting our car in service for maintenance. If we do such caring stuff towards things, then why we’re not prioritizing our body and soul?
Why Positive Fitness?
Most people have The Now Mentality, meaning that today they’re feeling good so let’s not think further and enjoy the moment. However, there are so many examples out there showing that our inactive lifestyle, unhealthy food, and increased level of stress leads to obesity, depression and worst-case scenario serious illnesses. At that moment 10 out of 10 would wish to go back in time and prioritize health to avoid all this rubbish that can be prevented.
Don’t be one of those people – put your health first and remember that regardless of your ‘’fit-model results’’, the most important thing is to be healthy and strong.
And for a moment just think about it – EVERYONE who has picked up a healthy lifestyle is happy and shiny people. I mean, look at their quality of life – they’re successful, inspiring individuals that will all claim the same thing - don’t think, just do it, you will feel great! How’s that for proof?
There’s no way to make a positive change in your life if your body is feeling tired and if you’re close to emotional burn-out.
Look beyond the difficulty to change your life for good. The shine and energy will glow just right through. Remember that smile is and always will be the prettiest thing you can wear.
Start small and remember that it’s okay if you won’t be able to hit your goals straight away. It’s about you & what’s best for you. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of you – you don’t need to prove anything to anyone. The world belongs to the crazy anyway and we have no time for negativity.
Remember that you’re alive with all the necessities given to you to experience this beautiful world we’re living in. So I'll finish off with this quote by Willie Nelson: ‘’Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.’’ It’s down to us to change our attitude towards things and turn our face to the sun.
I'm sorry if sometimes I got carried away, I always try to be as honest as possible. Good thing is that Positive Fit is all about suitability so if you're looking into workout apps then find yours here! But positivity guys..it's really something that's lacking today!