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From “I have to” to “I get to”: The Mindset Shift That Can Transform Your Fitness Journey

Are you someone who dreads going to the gym or feels like working out is just another chore on your to-do list? Do you often feel like you “have to” exercise to achieve your fitness goals, rather than enjoying the process? If so, you’re not alone.

As someone who has been through many ups and downs in my fitness journey, I can tell you that shifting from a “have to” mindset to a “get to” mindset has made a significant difference in my overall enjoyment and success.

So, what exactly is this mindset shift, and why is it so powerful?

When you approach exercise and other activities you’re doing to work towards your health and fitness goals from a “have to” mindset, it can feel like a burden, something that you’re obligated to do. This kind of thinking can lead to feelings of resentment, frustration, and even burnout. You might start skipping workouts or half-heartedly going through the motions, just to get it over with.

On the other hand, when you shift your thinking to a “get to” mindset, you start to see your workouts and other activities as opportunities, rather than obligations. You recognize that you’re lucky to have a healthy body that allows you to move and exercise, and that you’re taking steps towards improving your physical and mental well-being.

When you think “I get to” instead of “I have to,” you start to approach your workouts with a sense of gratitude and enthusiasm. You’re more likely to put in effort and focus on the present moment, rather than just going through the motions. You might even find that you look forward to your workouts and feel a sense of accomplishment after you’re done.

This shift in mindset can make a huge difference not only in your enjoyment of the process but also in your results. When you’re fully engaged in your workouts and other activities, you’re more likely to push yourself and see improvements in your strength, endurance, and overall health.

So, how can you start to make this mindset shift for yourself?

One way is to practice gratitude regularly. Take a moment before your workout or at the end of the day to think about all the things you’re grateful for in your life, including your ability to move and exercise. This can help you approach your workouts with a more positive and grateful mindset.

Another way is to focus on the benefits you’re gaining from your workouts, rather than just the work you’re putting in. For example, instead of thinking “I have to do 30 minutes of cardio,” think “I get to improve my cardiovascular health and energy levels with this workout.”

Making this mindset shift isn’t always easy, and it might take some practice to get into the habit of thinking “I get to” instead of “I have to.” But with time and consistency, this shift can transform your fitness journey from a chore to a joy.

So, the next time you’re feeling unmotivated or like your workouts are just another obligation, try reframing your thinking. Instead of thinking “I have to,” remember that you “get to” take care of your body and work towards your goals. You might just find that this small mindset shift makes a big difference.

If you’re struggling to make this mindset shift or any other changes towards your health and fitness goals, don’t hesitate to reach out – I’m here to help. Remember, taking care of your health is a priority and it’s okay to ask for help. You’ve got this!

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