Change your thoughts, and you’ll change your world. It is a mindset strategy that makes for the possibility of moving towards a better life experience.

When it comes to physical health, mindset is irrelevant. Without exercise, a human body degenerates to accommodate the level of physical activity.

The problem with exercise is; everyone knows it’s a “good idea”. But very few people believe daily exercise will maintain their health indefinitely and therefore exercise becomes a low priority in daily life.

The Illusion of Fitness

Our mind drives our body for survival in the present, allowing for an illusion that we are in control of our future body.  An interesting question of mind over the body was presented to Dr Michael Parkes, (senior lecturer at University Of Birmingham):

“Can we hold our breath forever if our mind was so determined?”

His answer:

“The urge to breathe cannot be ignored and makes you breathe whether you want to or not.”

We will often limit or excel in life based on our past experiences, mainly due to our primal instincts of self-preservation and our intellectual need for self-affirmation.

Self-affirmations can be a powerful ally or destructive master, particularly when striving for improvements in health and fitness.

Delusions in Fitness

Delusions are defined as fixed, false beliefs that cause conflict with living in reality. They usually involve some level of paranoia.

Believing physical fitness isn’t affected by a sedentary lifestyle doesn’t technically fit the definition of a delusion. However, it does cause conflict with the reality of illness rather than wellness in the future.

We are hard-wired to believe our physical fitness is permanent. The mind’s strength for denial lulls us into a false sense of security and daily inaction with exercise.

Fixed or growth mindset

Coming to understand our reality in fitness, we have a choice:

  • Believe our fitness is fixed. Therefore we need to enjoy whatever health we have left and deal with future illness as it arises.
  • Believe fitness is about growth and it can be developed through effort in daily exercise.

Sadly many people spend too much energy fighting against the need for exercise. The reality is; our natural fitness days are numbered, the body will degenerate with age. It’s time we start fighting for our future right to health and WELLth with 9 minutes of daily exercise.

Live well with Health and WELLth!  

Written by Anna: Nutritionist and Exercise Coach