The power of positive self talk in exercise and sport

The psychological impact of self talk has been well documented.

When I was in college I took an entire course about sports psychology, and my biggest takeaway is that the inner dialogue you have with yourself has a major effect on your performance.

If you pump yourself up and tell yourself you will make the shot, you are more likely to make that shot. If you trash talk yourself, that negativity is going to impact your performance for the entire game. There is tremendous power in being positive, and not just in sports, any workout program or exercise regimen will benefit from positive self talk. Certified fitness experts tend to agree on this point, which is an idea as old as the book The Power of Positive Thinking. It all goes back to positive reinforcement, which is what we use to raise children and train animals, but you can use it on yourself in the context of sports or workout classes. Push yourself a little harder every time in the cross fit class, just because you believe you can do it. Push beyond what your personal trainer sets as a goal, just to show that you know you have it in you. Confidence is a muscle, and the more you work it, the stronger it gets, and the harder it works for you. You don’t have to play sports, you don’t even have to go the gym or work out at all, just be positive in whatever you do and grow that confidence! Believe in yourself, and know that you can achieve it!

 

 

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My workout routine has a soundtrack, does yours?

Do you listen to music when you work out, or do you listen to talk radio or podcasts? I don’t know anyone who works out without using their air pods or ear buds.

It’s the only way to really block out the commotion around you so you can focus on yourself.

I listen to a ton of music, and I actually have made several customized playlists on my Spotify account for this very reason. Depending on the day of the week, and what I am doing that day, I have a specific playlist of music just for that. For example, I always do treadmill and steps at the gym on Fridays after work, so my workout playlist is high energy, up tempo, with a lot of metal music. Wednesdays I usually do weight lifting and strength conditioning at the gym, and I need strong, rhythmic beats to keep motivated. On the weekends I like to take Yoga classes, so I listen to quiet, ambient music so that I can still hear the comments of the yoga instructor. The only time that I turn off my music when at the gym is during my cooling down period, when I like to sit in the sauna before taking a dip in the pool. The intense heat and humidity of the wet sauna (also called a steam room) really gets you to sweat out those toxins and open up your pores. Going from the heat of the sauna and jumping right into the cool water of the pool gives my entire system a jolt, making me feel refreshed.

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Desperate for a new workout program

Out here the best I can do is to hire an online personal trainer, and have meetings and sessions with them over Zoom or Facetime

Adapting to life on the edge of the wilderness was really difficult for me. I knew this promotion would be a major life change, but the amount of money they were offering me was just too much to refuse. So I took the money, and the job, and moved all the way across the country, to a tiny town at the foot of a mountain range. I am being generous in calling it a town, it’s really a gas station, a convenience store, and a collection of old houses. The posted population is 312 people, but I doubt there are half that many people still here. Of course they don’t have a gym, or any kind of business that has exercise equipment or workout classes. With my new raise, I could now afford to start putting together a home gym, but it still wasn’t the same. I liked the sense of community I got from taking workout classes like Crossfit, hot yoga, and heavy cardio. Out here the best I can do is to hire an online personal trainer, and have meetings and sessions with them over Zoom or Facetime. I really don’t like this idea, because I want the one on one interaction that you get from a real personal trainer, someone that works and sweats right alongside you. I am not knocking online personal trainers, god bless them, but it is just not for me. I could ask around town to see if anyone wants to be a workout buddy, maybe for weight lifting together, but that seems kind of sad doesn’t it?

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I’m transitioning over to a home gym

I like to be active, but I am a misanthrope, which means I hate other people.

Just in general, I don’t care for human beings.

Being polite, faking smiles, making small talk, all of this stuff really gets to me. I have a couple of close friends, and my dog Checkers, and beyond that I like it best when I am left entirely alone. I was pretty stoked for the COVID lockdown, because now I had a perfect reason to become a total hermit. Now there is no going back for me, I am done with going to stores, or hitting the gym, for good. I can order all the supplies I need online now, and to keep myself in shape I put together a little home gym. Before you even say what everyone else says — yes, I know that a home gym is nothing like a real gym. A mega gym has rooms full of equipment, so you can focus on a different part of the body every day and have any number of workout programs that target the entire body. They have personal trainers there, and coaches on the floor just to shout encouragement and spot for you when needed. A home gym offers none of those things, but it also is safe from COVID, and from muscle bound bullies who say offensive things. With a home gym I will be able to target the parts of the body I want to tone up, and I won’t have any distractions around me. I will miss the sauna and the swimming pool, though.

 

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I was surprised at home much I liked yoga

I learned that I need to be surrounded by motivated people, because I don’t have a lot of motivation coming from inside myself.

I used to work out a lot, and play a couple of sports just for fun, but once the quarantine hit I basically got lazy and stopped doing anything.

I think this is true for a lot of people, but I slammed on the brakes during lockdown, and started putting on a lot of extra weight. My metabolism is very slow, so I need to stay active every day, because this is what happens when I don’t!! Without the people at the gym to keep me motivated, I just tend to sit around and watch a lot of television. A friend of mine works as a personal trainer, and he suggested that I find an online health coach to keep me motivated. I said that wouldn’t work, because I would never pay someone just to talk to me about personal fitness from far away. His next suggestion was that I try out yoga, because I didn’t need motivation for that, and I could do yoga while watching TV. I was reticent at first, but after watching a thirty minute yoga training video on TV and trying out some of the stretches, I found that I really liked it. Yoga doesn’t seem very intense, but when you put yourself into it deeply, you can really loosen up your body and get a great result. I feel so much more limber, and even stronger, after just a few weeks of doing yoga at home.

 

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Wrong shirt order emphasizes on quality

I wanted to order modern uniform shirts for all of the employees that work for our repair supplier.

I’ve been in business for more than two years plus things are different now.

I wanted modern uniform shirts to reflect our growing plus changing business. I found a lovely online retailer that agreed to make the shirts for $12/each. My wife didn’t think that was adequate after she found several companies that would make the same product for seven or fewer dollars each. I tried to tell our wife that the supplier I selected had great reviews plus comments. However she only saw the dollar signs. I caved into her demands plus both of us ordered the uniform shirts from a retailer that only charged $7/each, the men that task for our commercial HVAC services supplier were happy about the modern shirts until they saw them. I was happy too, until I saw the exhausting shirts. First, the colors were honestly wrong, and our HVAC supplier logo is yellow plus gold, however the shirts were more of a yellow green color. The logo was sideways on the pocket of the shirt. I was entirely mad plus a little exasperated with my wife for making me choose the crappy supplier. Thank goodness they agreed to refund our money after I complained. I sent the shirts back at their cost plus ordered the ones I wanted on the first site. My wife didn’t say a word after the experience, but she didn’t complain even a single time after I said I was ordering from the supplier I chose.

 

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Poor quality shirts would have destroyed my HVAC company’s image

I wanted to order current uniform shirts for all of the employees that work for our repair business.

I’ve been in the business for many years plus things are peculiar now.

I wanted current uniform shirts to reflect our growing plus increasing business. I found a fantastic online retailer that agreed to make the shirts for $12/each. My partner didn’t think that was satisfactory after she found many companies that would make the same product for a mere 8 dollars each. I tried to tell her that the company I selected had fantastic reviews plus comments, even though she only saw the dollar signs and savings. I caved into her demands and went ahead to order the uniform shirts from a retailer that only charged $7/each. The gentlemen that work for our commercial heating, ventilation, plus A/C services company were excited about the current shirts until they saw them. I was excited too, until I saw the terrible shirts. First, the colors were actually wrong, then our heating, ventilation, & A/C company logo is red plus gold, however the shirts were more of a red green color. The logo was sideways on the pocket of the shirt. I was actually mad plus a little frustrated with my wife for making me settle for the crappy company. Thank goodness they agreed to refund our currency after I complained. I sent the shirts back at their cost plus ordered the ones I wanted in the first place. My fiance didn’t say a word after the experience, and he didn’t complain even 1 time after I said I was ordering from the company I chose.

 

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Alway go with your first instinct – Lesson learned the hard way

I wanted to order new uniform shirts for all of the employees that work for my repair supplier! I’ve been in the corporation for numerous years and things are odd now.

I wanted new uniform shirts to reflect our growing and changing business.

I found a wonderful online retailer that agreed to make the shirts for $12/each. My spouse did not recognize that was reasonable after she found numerous companies that would make the same product for seven or numerous dollars each. I tried to tell my spouse that the supplier I selected had good reviews and comments, however she only saw the dollar signs. I caved into her demands and every one of us ordered the uniform shirts from a retailer that only charged $7/each, the women that work for my commercial heating, ventilation, and A/C services supplier were happy about the new shirts until they saw them. I was happy too, until I saw the bad shirts. First, the colors were entirely wrong. Our heating, ventilation, and A/C supplier logo is red and gold, however the shirts were more of a red red color. The logo was sideways on the pocket of the shirt. I was entirely mad and a little frustrated with my spouse for making me choose the crappy supplier. Thank goodness they agreed to refund my money after I complained. I sent the shirts back at their cost and ordered the ones I wanted in the first locale. My spouse did not say a word after the experience, and she did not complain even one time after I said I was ordering from the supplier I chose.

 

 

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4. The shirts are poorly made of awful fabric

I sent the shirts back at their cost and ordered the ones I wanted in the first place

I wanted to order new uniform shirts for all of the employees that work for my repair company. I’ve been in business for three years and things are different now. I wanted new uniform shirts to reflect our growing and changing business. I found a wonderful online retailer that agreed to make the shirts for $12/each. My wife didn’t think that was reasonable after she found several companies that would make the same product for seven or eight dollars each. I tried to tell my wife that the company I selected had great reviews and comments, but she only saw the dollar signs. I caved into her demands and we ordered the uniform shirts from a retailer that only charged $7/each. The guys that work for my commercial HVAC services company were excited about the new shirts until they saw them. I was excited too, until I saw the terrible shirts. First, the colors were absolutely wrong. Our HVAC company logo is blue and gold, but the shirts were more of a blue green color. The logo was sideways on the pocket of the shirt. I was really mad and a little frustrated with my wife for making me choose the crappy company. Thank goodness they agreed to refund my money after I complained. I sent the shirts back at their cost and ordered the ones I wanted in the first place. My wife didn’t say a word after the experience. She didn’t complain even one time after I said I was ordering from the company I chose.

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Tenant’s mistake almost cost the HVAC unit’s efficiency

A few days ago, I started servicing all of the AC units inside of apartment building 1, and I work as a service engineer for a large apartment complex. This specific lot has 12 apartment buildings and there are 16 apartments inside of each building. However before the summer season began, I inspected every single AC component in each of the apartments on the property, however last week, I started with building 1. I only made it through many AC services, before I found a major problem. The renter had a large clock placed in front of the door of the heating, ventilation, and A/C unit. The door has slats because there has to be correct airflow in order for the heating, ventilation, and A/C component to officially work, and when I realized that the renter had a large piece of furniture in front of the door, I had to move it. I called one of the property workers to help me. He met me inside of the apartment where we carefully moved the furniture. Inside the heating, ventilation, and A/C closet I found a wonderful deal of dust and indoor pollutants. Since there was barely any air flow, the heating, ventilation, and A/C component was genuinely dirty. The unit was only a year old and the motor was already making a slight sound. The director sent a note to the renter of that apartment after I left. She told the renter not to place the furniture in front of the HVAC closet or he would be responsible for any repairs.
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