Your Health and Fitness May be Limited by Your own Mind


You probably have a million reasons why you don’t have time to exercise or eat right. While it’s true we are cramming more into our days than ever before, it’s possible that you’re using the excuse of being too busy to cover up other self-limiting beliefs.

Self-limiting beliefs that keep you from reaching your health and fitness goals

  • Afraid to try a new workout class because you might look foolish
  • Embarrassed to tell anyone you want to lose weight in case you fail
  • Want to eat healthy but don’t know where to begin
  • Afraid people will think you’re selfish for taking time for yourself


What you can do differently

Instead of setting goals you already know you won’t meet, or worse, giving up on improving your health and fitness altogether, try a different approach.

If you want to try a new workout, sign up for a beginner class. If everyone is on the same level, you won’t feel awkward or out of place. Plus, the instructor will be more likely to take time to make sure you know what you’re doing. Try getting a friend to sign up with you, even if the class ends up being a flop, you’ll have a lot of laughs, which has health benefits on its own.

Although you shouldn’t be embarrassed to tell people you want to lose weight, you could take the pressure off by saying you want to improve your health instead. The best way to succeed at anything is to have a good support system, so let your friends and family know your plans. They might even want to join you in your quest for better health.

Eating healthy can be confusing, but you don’t have to change everything at once and you don’t have to go it alone. Take small steps like switching to organic fruits and vegetables, cutting out processed foods or making one healthy meal each weekend. There are plenty of healthy-eating resources on the internet, or you could head to the local bookstore to check out the latest cookbooks.

Believing people will think you’re selfish for taking time for yourself is one of the most common self-limiting beliefs. However, when it comes to diet and exercise, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You can’t be of much use to those who depend on you if you’re tired or run down. Eating healthy and getting regular exercise will boost your energy and your spirits, making you feel like there’s more of you to go around.