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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Stick to health programs using ‘mental toughness’

  • “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” I encourage you to use that quote for inspiration in acquiring your weight loss and fitness goals! This works well with all aspects of your health improvement programs: nutrition, cardio respiratory endurance, resistance training, muscle endurance, strength, and fl...
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  • “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” I encourage you to use that quote for inspiration in acquiring your weight loss and fitness goals! This works well with all aspects of your health improvement programs: nutrition, cardio respiratory endurance, resistance training, muscle endurance, strength, and flexibility! Each area is difficult in its own right, so being prepared mentally may be the determining factor in whether or not you follow through on your goals. Exercising a little mental focus, planning, and preparation will take your program a very long way, because it prompts you to make well-informed, positive choices that lead you down the right path.
    Positive mental thoughts are necessary during our long days, hectic schedules, and unlimited stresses of life. Exercise tends to get lost in the shuffle, due to the “feeling” of fatigue, and this is absolutely normal. It has been my experience that many times this “feeling,” and reason we don’t get our recommended amount of exercise, is not always physical. Instead many times it is because we give ourselves a reason mentally not to exercise, by accepting the “thought” we don’t need to improve our health today! This happens often, so please don’t let this stop your progress. Of course be smart, do not exercise or use this principle if you are injured or have health risks. But if you feel healthy and nourished, have no ailments, but just don’t feel like exercising, I challenge you to overcome! Overcome this! You can reach a little further toward your goals!
    There are always many reasons that will prevent us mentally from doing what is best for us. I think those are called excuses! I heard someone once say there are no good excuses for not being on a program that keeps you healthy as you age, and I must say that I have to agree! Another good friend recently reminded me of another true saying, “If you fail to plan mentally, you might as well plan to fail.”
    Another neat example of mental toughness is the 4–minute mile psychological barrier. Runners were consistently achieving times of 4:03 and 4:01, but for the longest time, no one could run under 4 minutes. This had everyone under the perception or psychological barrier that this physically could not be done. Well, that was until a gentleman by the name of Roger Bannister believed it could be done, and he did it! And guess what, within 18 months, 16 other athletes surpassed the elusive 4-minute mile too! Please remember that staying mentally strong, believing in yourself, and sticking to your program that leads to your goals is so very important!
    It all goes back to mentally setting your goals! If you have not done so for your health and fitness goals next year, now is a great time to do it! Decide what you really want regarding your health, then take the steps now to attain them. You can do this! Just set short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals for your programs. The short-term goals are important because they provide a focus and roadmap for your day-to-day activities. The intermediate goals are where you want to be at a specific time in the very near future, and are the catalysts that will ultimately get you to your dream goals! In my opinion, everyone deserves their dream goals when it comes to health, weight loss, and fitness. I’m going for mine; please challenge yourself to attain yours!
    Page 2 of 2 - Until next week, keep up the great work, and please go out and make it a healthy and nutritious day!
    To get started on healthy weight loss, wellness, lean muscle building, and nutrition products, stop by Reggie’s Personal Training and Nutrition, 104 E. Main, Shawnee, call (405) 613-0237, email reggiesnutrition@hotmail.com, or check out products at www.yourhealthmatters.truewealthathome.com.
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