This week on the Fit is Freedom Podcast, I’m going to be flipping the script! Instead of focusing on what we need to be adding to our lives, I’m going to be sharing the 8 things we can REMOVE that will help us reach our fitness goals.
When people are talking about their fitness journeys, I hear it all the time… “I need to do this…I need to be doing that…I really need to add in more of this…”
We always think about things we need to be doing and adding to our lives. This can be overwhelming. The mentality of needing to do more and more and more to achieve our health and fitness goals can lead to burnout.
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- “Help! I Feel Like I’m Always Starting Over!” – Episode 210
- Be Your Best Self: Gold Habits from an Olympic Gold Medalist – Episode 209
- The Real Reasons You Don’t Have a Workout Plan You Can Stick to – Episode 208
- How to make a workout plan, that works for you! – Episode 207
- How to Overcome Self Doubt – Episode 206
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8 Things to Remove to Improve Your Fitness
The “More” Mentality
First of all, we need to remove this negative talk that I discussed above. More isn’t always better. It can actually lead to burnout, fatigue, injuries, and more.
If your goal is to start running, you don’t have to add a mile to your distance every time you run. It’s not sustainable and can be hurtful to your body in the long run. That’s why the first thing we need to remove from our plates is this mentality. Once we get rid of this notion, we can move on more freely.
Fitness should be FUN! I like to say that at least 80% of what I do needs to be something that I enjoy and value. If you dread going to the gym, try going for a hike with some friends or a new fitness video online. Find a way to make it fun, and you won’t regret it.
Another thing that is sucking the fun and joy from your fitness goals is comparison, and it has got to go! Of course, comparing yourself to others is something to avoid, but it’s also important to avoid comparing yourself with who you used to be. You are different, you’ve changed, and that is OKAY!
Take time to appreciate your body and get rid of the fun thief that we call comparison!
Yes, it’s great for your body to change up your routines every now and then. However, if you’re trying to achieve a particular fitness goal, you don’t want to jump around too often. When you find things you’re enjoying, stick with them for a bit to really see if you notice a change.
Putting Others First
I find this one especially hard for women. If you want to achieve your goals, you’ve got to stop putting everyone else’s needs in front of your own. Just like the flight attendants always share to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. You’ve got to do the same when it comes to your health and well-being!
Changing for Someone Else
If YOU want to make a change, great! If you want to make a change because you want someone else’s approval, attention, or favor, you’ve got to let that go. We are most successful when our intentions are pure, and we are motivated from within!
Remove quitting from your life! Start small, make little changes, and stick to them. Don’t add so much to your plate that you can’t keep up. That way, when you do start something, you can commit to it with more ease.
Falling for Clickbait
Flashy advertisements promising overnight results sound so enticing! But, you know what? It won’t work that way. True change happens over time. Make sure you don’t get caught up in this clickbait culture filled with empty promises.
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