Today I’d like to talk about mindset.
You might think that this would be a bit off topic but I know that for everyone who ever had a passion for fitness this is one of the most important if not the most important aspect of them all.
The right mindset.
Now, I want to say that there’s tons of motivational videos and inspirational speeches out there that can get you in the right mindset to finally hit that number, run that extra mile or whatever it is you want to achieve. They’re not only good for motivating you right before your workout or that particular set, they can also change your whole approach to training in general, your planning, the design of your routine, your diet, your attitude. Everything.
And I think this unfortunately is where it gets dangerous.
It might be a bit unconventional to say this because the whole fitness industry with its social media idols is build on keywords like “motivation” and “dedication” up to a point where it seems like if you want to achieve your goals you have to commit to this lifestyle one hundred percent, get your nutrition on point, get each and every workout in, sleep well, get your recovery, stay disciplined, stay focused, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
And I believe that’s neither necessary nor true.
In my opinion, and I believe it’s fair to say that I speak from personal experience, you can easily get caught up in all the different factors which influence your results, the biggest three being your training, your nutrition and your recovery, the latter probably being the most overlooked one. At this point let me ask the question: What is recovery?
It’s not just getting enough sleep and having rest/off days a couple of days a week. It is or at least should be making sure that when you’re not working out you’re actually able to switch off and let go and stop focusing on it so much.
I think this is a problem for a lot of people who get into fitness and are passionate about it. They see all those bodybuilders with their insane physics, the powerlifters lifting three times their bodyweight or even more than that and read their captions about “motivation”, “focus” and “dedication” and they get obsessed with trying to be just like them. What a lot of these people don’t realize is that the number one factor is and always will be time. Consistency. Sticking with it.
Most of these people on social media you see have been doing this for 10+ years! And I believe that not a single one of them didn’t have a phase where either their workouts, their nutrition or their recovery wasn’t on point, which brings me back to the main purpose of this article: Your mindset.
I believe that there are lots of dedicated, passionate and motivated people out there who get themselves to the gym every single day, make sure their nutrition is on point and do their research. Their mindset was born out of the desire to change something, to be someone and their willing to sacrifice everything for it because they think it’s necessary.
What a lot of them unfortunately don’t realize is that recovery of your mind is just as important as recovery of your body. It doesn’t matter if you get enough hours of sleep if the quality of your sleep is not sufficient because you can’t switch off properly. It doesn’t matter if you go to the gym two hours a day, six days a week after an eight our day at work if you’re struggling with paying enough attention to the other aspects of your life like simple household chords or having fun with your family and friends, actually going out and doing something.
And I think this is something that I want to stand for. I believe in fitness as something to enrich and improve your quality of life immensely but I am aware that I can become an obsession that can take over every other aspect of your life.
I want to stand for fitness as an aspect of your life and not its sole purpose. You’re not here to run faster, jump higher and lift heavier. You’re here to live your life to the fullest, enjoy every single moment of it and be happy.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to exercise but I know from experience that it can’t be the only thing that’s going on in your life. If you are obsessed with your training and you don’t let room for anything else you got to change your mindset. You got to leave some room for other things. Friends, Family, Lovers or just for yourself. Because in the end these are aspects of your life that will contribute to your happiness. It’s all about the balance.
If you notice that what once was a passion and a thing you loved doing has become something that feels like a duty you have to change something. That’s when you know it’s been enough. And once you get that balance in your life back, once you’ve changed your mindset to a more tolerant view of your training and nutrition you will fall back in love with the gym and look forward to every single session.
So please do me a favor and instead of pushing yourself into depression for the sake of success (in fitness and other aspects of your life) push yourself to find your balance.
Thanks for your time.