Your Lifestyle Has Consequences

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Your Lifestyle Has Consequences

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘that you become what you think about all day long’? The same also applies to exercise, ‘you become what you do or don’t do on a regular basis’. Hence the headline today. The trick with this ‘consistent exercise gig’ we all know we need is to find your motivation. If you can achieve that, you will no longer need ‘will power’, as the reason for doing it drives the action on auto pilot. 

The image you see accompanying this blog is meant to trigger something with in. When people are told constantly by friends, loved ones and even the local gym advertisements, that you really should exercise more, then the message often becomes just white noise. But, when the guy or gal in the white coat says it (for some), the urgency and impetus to act can increase exponentially. Fear can be powerful.

I do like to encourage both kinds of motivators though. Those that prompt you to run ‘from’ something. For example, the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle or highly processed food diet (surgery or worse). Or those that prompt the run ‘to’ something like, a happier life or healthier glow.

You just need to remember that both positive and negative reinforcement can shape behaviour in the right direction. You don’t have to look too far to see many examples of both. There has been negative reinforcement (the removal of negative conditions to strengthen a behaviour) and punishment (the presentation or taking away of a stimulus to weaken a behaviour) used in society over the  past couple of years. I think we have all noticed it!  I prefer the ‘reinforcement’ method as opposed to punishment, because the latter often results in backlash behaviour. This inevitably works against the desired outcome. Long story short, don’t punish yourself, encourage yourself. Make sure to use both positive and negative reinforcement methods. Better results will follow. 

Put up images of how you want to be around your house, in places that you will see everyday. This, almost subliminal messaging will start to have an impact on how you live day to day. You will start to behave ‘as if’ you are that thing you want already. There is a reason professional athletes spend so much time visualising, it works! 

The take home today is that a lot of the battle in living the life you want, is in the head. Create the internal environment conducive to the hallowed ground you seek and the rest will look after itself. Process focus is way more powerful than outcome focus. 

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Your Lifestyle Has Consequences
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Your Lifestyle Has Consequences

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘that you become what you think about all day long’? The same also applies to exercise, ‘you become what you do or don’t do on a regular basis’. Hence the headline today. The trick with this ‘consistent exercise gig’ we all know we need is to find your motivation. If you can achieve that, you will no longer need ‘will power’, as the reason for doing it drives the action on auto pilot.