You can be a runner. Or a cyclist. Or a yogi. Or a swimmer. Or a Zumba extraordinaire.
You can be the woman that wakes up at 5 am to exercise. You can be the woman in the front row of Pilates class that does every single move “perfect.”
You’ve just gotta fake it ’til you make it.
My first yoga class two years ago I was totally intimidated. I walked in and sat down in the back of the room with my bright pink mat I brought from home. No one else had brought their mats from home, so I felt pretty silly and spent the whole time hoping people didn’t think I was too much of a germ freak to use the gym’s mats. I felt really embarrassed doing some of the yoga moves and was really self-conscious because I wasn’t as flexible as the other women, who were about 30 years older than me (and…hello…I’m a cheerleader…). And then the instructor made us stick out our tounges and stretch our faces. It was a little traumatizing.
But I really loved yoga. I really wanted to get better. So what do I do?
Fake it ’til I make it.
I continued to go to the classes. I walk into every class with my head held high and bright pink mat in my hand. I run to the front of the class. I do every move, even if I feel silly. I’ve accepted that I’m not as flexible as everyone else in the class. I pretend I’m a yoga master and have been doing it for a million years. Eventually, all of the poses will become second nature to me. For now, I do it because I love it.
How to “think fit”:
5. Fake it ’til you make it- Want to get better at running? Pretend you’re a runner. Be a runner. Eventually, it will become easier for you.
4. Be patient with yourself- After spending years of not having a regular exercise schedule it’s going to be really difficult for you to jump into exercising every single day. Set up a schedule that will be realistic for you and you know you will be able to stick to
3. Don’t think about it- Huh? You’re telling me to think fit but don’t think about it? Yea. I’m talking about those 5 am mornings when you wake up in your warm, comfy bed and you’re laying there thinking how badly you would rather keep sleeping than go to the gym. Don’t think about it. Just roll out of bed and be like Nike, Just Do It.
2. Know your goals- What are you working towards? If you know what you want the end result to be, it will be easier for you to get into the mindset.
1. Do what you love to do- It will be waaaaay easier to exercise if it’s something you actually want to do.