This blog post is about a different kind of fitness – the fitness of the mind.
I want to talk to you today about gratitude: the quality of being thankful – readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
If you think this topic isn’t for you, or that it has nothing to do with your training, please read on.
You might be wondering what being thankful and showing appreciation has to do with health and fitness. But I can assure you that without it some people fail.
Being grateful helps us stay motivated and on track because it’s a form of reflection. If we’re not aware of what we’ve achieved or where we’ve come from, it can be difficult to see true benefits from your fitness journey.
Everyone will be grateful for different things.
It might be about recognising your progress and being grateful to yourself for sticking with your program.
It might be being grateful to your body for allowing you to train hard and get stronger.
It might be being grateful for people in your life that support you to achieve your fitness goals.
Whatever gratitude means for you, here are a few simple ways in which you can actively incorporate the art of being grateful into your daily routine.
- Write down three things you’re grateful for every morning when you wake up. This is what I do! It’s quick and easy and it helps get my mind in the right place for the day.
- Write down 5 things you’re grateful for, for seven days straight. This can be done anytime you’re feeling a little lost or unmotivated, or if you find yourself doubting yourself or everything you’ve achieved. Use your phone or a notebook on your bedside table – getting the words down somewhere is important.
- If you want to get more tech savvy, use a gratitude app like Bliss, Day One or Gratitude Journal to keep track of your thoughts.
- Get yourself a gratitude buddy. Having someone to check in with every day is a great way to sustain anything in life. Agree on a day each week that you text or email each other a few things you’re grateful for and this will keep you motivated and accountable.
Remember, you are in control of your happiness. Training, and how it makes your body look, is only one piece of the puzzle, so take a moment today to be thankful for all the great things in your life.
I’m thankful you’re here.
Yours in health and fitness,