5 Principles of a Reset: Mind & Body

5 Principles of a Reset: Mind & Body

I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No lazy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. MSG 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

Recently I found myself in an Orthopedist’s office. While I was waiting for the doctor, I spied a pamphlet on the counter that read:




Sounds good right? But despite all the research showing the incredible benefits of exercise, according to the CDC, only 5% of adults in the U.S. exercise the prescribed 30 minutes a day. That means 95% of people aren’t exercising daily. Wow, that’s a huge statistic.

George Washington Carver once said, “Ninety-five percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” Connect those two together. If 95% of people aren’t exercising 30 minutes a day and 95% of failures come from a habit of excuses, what conclusions do you draw?

Back to the pamphlet – I translate it to read this way. Resetting my body is possible when I  reset my mind. And I believe this absolutely doable for all of us.

When I think of people I admire, or have ascribed the sentence, “I want to be like ____.”, I realize these people live by some common principles.

  1. Routine – They’ve developed routines. They are consistent. Exercise isn’t a chore, it’s a key part of their daily lives. They wouldn’t miss it. It’s like brushing your teeth. They do it daily. Good sleeping and dietary habits also contribute to the key of consistency and overall health.
  2. Evaluate – They evaluate their progress either with themselves or to an accountability partner. This can be done daily or weekly. They ask the questions, “What went well today/week?” “What do I want to go better next time?” Then they plan what changes might need to be made and put it into action.
  3. Self-Talk – They don’t get down on themselves. If we could hear their thoughts, they’d be encouraging themselves with positivity. The Bible is a great place to retrain your thoughts if you have trouble in this area. Make a list of all the things God has said about how He feels about you and speak them to yourself daily.
  4. Embrace Challenges – When presented with situations that take them out of their comfort zone, they embrace the challenge rather than allowing themselves to get overwhelmed. The consistency patterned in their lives has led to discipline and the ability to tackle and rise above circumstances. Again, the Bible reminds us that we are not alone in these times. God is with us. He is our constant companion and He can be relied on. It’s a great truth that is played out again and again throughout scripture.
  5. Take Responsibility – They all made a decision to take control of their health, knowing that ultimately the responsibility lies with them.

Every individual’s journey is different, but approaching one’s health with these five principles is a great start to resetting your mind and body.

Mary Ward started her career in accounting but quickly turned to fitness after attending her first Body & Soul class. She now has 20+ years experience in the fitness industry, including teaching, marketing, merchandising, and management. Mary serves as the Chairperson for the FP4H Board of Directors. Mary is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through American Council on Exercise (ACE). She is also an ACE Faculty member leading various Continuing Education classes for fitness professionals. She is also certified through Refit®.  Mary is author and contributor for First Place For Health’s My Place for Fitness.

Mary’s philosophy is “Don’t think about why you can’t, think about how you can.”

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    Great article Mary. Love the RESET logic.