Drop kilos by making over your mindset with this expert-backed strategy.

By Judi Ketteler, May 16, 2013

Photo: Stewart Volland

Whenever you start a new workout or exercise, do you automatically think: ‘I can’t do this.’? 

Expert, Blair Whitmarsh, PhD, dean of human kinetics and athletics at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada shares how to reduce negativity and boost your fitness confidence.

Success breeds success. Self-efficacy (sometimes called self-confidence) comes most critically from personal accomplishments. In a new workout situation, reflect on times when you’ve been successful in other activities, and use that as a strong indicator for future success.

Here’s a tip: Make a list of your past successes and keep it with you in your gym bag or workout journal and refer to it when you need it. Add to it whenever you overcome an obstacle or challenge, even if it’s not fitness-related.

Also, write down your plan for what you will do when you have a slip-up (skipping a workout or veering from your clean diet), and have it at the ready.