Starting a new fitness routine can be tough. We believe the best way to a positive start is with a little peace of mind. Here is one quick and simple way to establish emotional wellness, every day.

Gratitude can be a game-changer, especially when it comes to fitness. It helps you to remain optimistic and increases happiness as you strive to meet the goals that you set for yourself. 

By practicing gratitude, you can change your relationship to with your goals and progress. For example, gratitude allows you to change your perception from “I have to wake up and go to the gym” to “I get to wake up and go to the gym.” A simple way to shift into a more positive perspective is to make a Gratitude List or start a Gratitude Journal. Here are some simple steps to get started:

  • Begin by writing down three things that you are grateful for each day. Try to avoid repetition.
  • You can focus on specific areas of your life, such as the things you use every day, or your basic abilities, skills,and talents. You can also think about the people in your life and your experiences.
  • Take note of why these things are important to you and how they make you feel.

Here is a sample of what your first Gratitude List may look like. As time goes on, this list may get longer and more descriptive as you focus more attention on what you are grateful for.

Today, I am grateful for…

  1. Clean water. It keeps me hydrated and healthy.
  2. Cold weather. The cool air energized my run.
  3. Friends. They are like family and keep me smiling.

Gratitude can be even more powerful when you take the time to recognize and appreciate the specific people who support you in achieving your goals.Take a moment to appreciate the contributing circumstances, and actually thank anyone who helped make it happen.

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy

Carmen Keith, MD, IFMCP


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