During the fall, there is a lot around us that goes through change. As the seasons change, a lot of our lives change too. Like we mentioned before, depending on which part of the country or world you are in, this is the time of year when you start to take more of your workouts indoors. With the time of change, it is important to really tap into yourself and seek out answers. Answers to questions that really break down your life and if it is a healthy one. I don’t mean just a physically healthy life but the mental healthy attitude that goes along with it. Being forced to be inside could help you take that moment to figure out these questions.
Sure we can all hide our inner emotions to where no one around us would even know if we were desperately screaming for help. Sometimes it is the ones that look like they have it all together who are the ones that need to be real with themselves too. They are your inspiration, yet they are the ones that could possibly have an unhealthy relationship with working out.
Take these changes around you to really understand your relationship with everything in your life. A great place to start when it comes to your workouts are:
- Do you feel guilty when you take a rest day?
- How are you sleeping?
- Do you feel guilty having a dessert
- Do you say no to social gathers because you need to workout?
- How many days a week do you workout?
- Do you love your workouts?
- Do you loathe working out?
- Do you fuel yourself enough for your workouts?
A lot of times we can be caught up when we see results. As soon as we see results we tell ourselves that we have to keep doing exactly that, or we won’t see results anymore. However, this type of behavior can quickly turn into a downward spiral. Now I am not saying that is you, but something to be mindful of, that can be a result. The important thing is to think about your relationship with your workouts.
The answer doesn’t have to be to stop a workout that isn’t servicing you mentally. You could very well keep up with your exercise but you need to give more TLC to your mind. A lot of people find meditation or yoga to help them clear the negative mental chatter and push forth with the power of their positive outlook towards their workouts. When you shift your mind from working out because you have to in order to not see results anymore, to challenging yourself in a different way.
Understanding that it’s not about a specific goal or goals but really about the process. How are you talking to yourself during your workout? If you are able to catch the internal conversation, it could be as simple as redirecting the thought by showing up in the moment. The more mentally connected you can be to your body in your workout, really the results are WAY more achievable. The next time you work out, check yourself? How is your relationship with working out?
Can you take it one step deeper? Use your workout a time to take an opportunity to settle a bit deeper and find that wiser and stronger part of you?