A couple of months ago I was running on the treadmill when a friend called. When I said that I was running my friend quickly replied, “oh man, that sucks.” What??? No. Running is my time. Running makes me feel free. That thought would never even cross my mind – at least not anymore.
Then I remembered the days before I got back into personal fitness. Yeah, in those days I might have thought something like that. My psychology of fitness would have reflected my apathy. Now, I almost can’t even imagine what kind of thoughts would have made fitness a negative thing. But I will tell you that it was those negative thoughts that made fitness a rare occurrence back in those days. See, your thoughts toward exercise determine your activity level.
Listen to the rhetoric of serious athletes. They talk about how much they love the experience – the rigorous training, the challenge of the competition, and of course, the accomplishment at the end. How many times have we seen on TV some sweaty athlete declaring their love for whatever sport they just conquered? Just about every weekend.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
Norman Vincent Peale
So, next time you are on a treadmill or out on a hike or even lifting weights, take a minute and declare, “I love this!” Even if you don’t completely buy in the first couple of times you say it, the more you do, the more you’ll find you actually really do love it.
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