The Mind Body Connection

I walked into my massage appointment. "How are you today, Lea?" my massage therapist asked. "I'm a mess." I started to explain how my shoulder injury was still persistent and then I recently hurt my back lifting a bin of medicine balls out of my car after my Saturday morning boot camp. He stopped me mid-sentence.

Don't say that about your body, Lea. Your body is not a mess. Tell your body you love it, that you will take care of it, that you are healthy, strong and resilient. Never tell your body it is a mess. Your body achieves what the mind believes.

He nearly made me apologize to my body for saying bad things about it. 

He's right though. I am quick to tell my exercise class that they aren't allowed to say that they can't during a tough session, because whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right. By making negative comments about the state of my body, I was not practicing what I preach.

Tweet this: Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

Do I believe that just stating that I am strong and healthy will magically make me strong and healthy? Of course not, but I do believe in a strong mind-body connection. If I tell myself I am strong and healthy and work hard at becoming strong and healthy (which may include rest) than I am more likely to achieve that goal.

If I tell myself I am a mess then my body and mind may just accept that it is a mess...and we can't have that.

I have a shoulder injury, but my back is recovered completely now. I am not a mess. I am a work in progress. I am strong. I am healthy. I am healing. I am resilient. 

2017 is going to be my year. Watch out world. 

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Coach Lea

I am a NASM personal trainer and RRCA adult distance running coach that specializes in strength training for runners. I offer in-person training in the Shredshed, online training and Fit to Run bootcamps. If you are interested in a more in-depth running or strength training plan, please contact me. Have questions? I'd love to help. 

While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Since I don't know your exercise abilities, injury background or medical history, please see your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. This is an opinion blog. No information in this blog is intended to be taken as medical advice or prescription. Please see your doctor and/or registered dietitian for any health concerns.