THE IMPORTANCE OF PSYCHOLOGY FOR YOUR (FIT) GOALS

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The why behind #body #mind #psychology

Start going to the gym a few times a week, walk more, don’t eat crappy food, control your portions, drink more water, etc. We all have a basic idea of what we should be doing, don’t we? So why don’t we actually do it? Bookshelves, websites, and infomercials are full of the hottest new diet and training programs that are finally going to get you results. Reality-check: it is not the diet or training programs that are the problem — it is you.

There’s a disconnect between your #mind and #body. And #psychology is needed to structure your mind just like you do with your body. How long have you actually stuck with a program before searching for the next best thing, an easier way out, etc.? And how consistent were you with that program?

Fitness gurus out there want you to keep coming back for more supplements, the newest programs, etc. Most programs — if they are at least somewhat based on basic physiological principles and get people on it — will get you results. No “secret” to creating a calorie deficit. While some are more efficient than others, the same gurus argue over the superiority of one program above the other. The truth of the matter is they partially help you for a while. Hence why this is a multi-billion dollar industry.

So why are few people getting long-lasting results and so many more people are still overweight? The reason is most people aren’t following programs consistently enough. Let’s be honest, there is more than enough information out there in today’s fitness industry. People would better be served focusing on psychological factors that are going to help them stick to a plan (whatever that plan may be) rather than jumping to the latest, greatest, diets or training protocols.

So here’s to why psychology is so significant. Fitness psychology borrows principles from sports psychology and behavioral psychology to help individuals reach their physique goals, but also structure their own life in a more constructive manner. Maybe there’s a lot of emotional/traumatic factors that come into play. A lot of this is overlooked by trainers, nutritionists and gurus. When you come home in a dysfunctional surrounding there needs to change something here too. You can give someone the best advice in the world, but if they can’t follow it than the advice is meaningless. After 7 years in this industry, studying, graduating soon as a psychologist, helping clients, the more I’ve discovered the importance of it.

The 4th quarter, the 9th inning, the last round, the last set, the final 100 meters; its heart, determination, drive, will power, and mental strength that separates the champions from the rest of the pack. At the top levels all athletes have superior physical skills, it is those who master the mental side of the game that consistently triumph over the competition. A strong will can conquer over superior skills any day — it happens all of the time.

Most people are less concerned with performance and are more concerned with appearance. They don’t need to beat any competition (unless they are bodybuilders and figure athletes), they just need to overcome their own personal roadblocks to losing fat and looking good.

I wish it were as easy as just waking up one day, deciding to get in shape, and then “boom”, magically it happens. It certainly is not. And therefore we offer more than just personal training for the clients who want it. We are all about transparency when it comes to working on the body and mind. It’s our integral approach with psychologists and therapists. If it were that easy everyone would be in shape and mentally strong enough to change their life consistently.
You need strong grounded factors (not just external motivation) to help you stay on course. Just “wanting to get in shape” or to “lose some weight” is not enough to get the job done. The psychology of fitness can help you look inside yourself and overcome, personal reasons that will motivate you to do what most people can’t, or won’t.

We all need to spend less time looking for external solutions (trainers, nutrition books, internet gurus) and start looking for internal solutions to our health and body composition problems. MeesterPT’s commitment is to give you that structure so you can go on without us.

We don’t need extreme measures to get the job done. Because it really is a great investment in you and a beautiful process to enjoy. We help you recognize your struggles and work on them. Like with fitness training and nutrition, you can’t just take a haphazard approach. You need structure and professional guidance to learn effective mental strategies for success. Only you make the difference between achieving long term, permanent results and spending years spinning the wheels, getting nowhere, and/or yo-yo’ing back and forth.

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