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By Miguel J. Ortiz

The first law of thermodynamics says energy can be changed from one form to another, however it cannot be created or destroyed. What does that mean for you or your body? Consider this, if everything you will ever want is already here, it is simply a matter of choosing the thoughts which will put you into harmonious vibration with what you desire.

So, essentially, the first thing we must change before we can change the body is the mind. Don’t get me wrong, changing the mind isn’t as easy as it sounds. It takes practice, patience and discipline with yourself over a period of time in order to create consistent changes. Let’s focus on a couple of mindful activities and daily behaviors that will have a positive effect on mind and body.

First, let’s start to address how we are generally speaking to ourselves. We don’t need to turn into the most positive person in the world, but utilizing positive reinforcement to talk to yourself is an extremely beneficial practice. I’ve always said, watch your words when around others and watch your thoughts when you are alone. In order to change the body, we need to first appreciate it. You’re not going to build a strong body if you keep telling yourself things like, “You can’t do it” or “You’re not good enough.” Let go of the idea that you are bound to your current state. Replace that idea with the belief that you can simply start to make changes in order to get to where you want to be. Wake up every day and tell yourself one thing that you’re grateful for in your life or body – and mean it.

Second, transition these new positive thoughts into consistent physical behaviors. Before we do so, what is the ultimate goal? In this case, we want a healthier or stronger body.

Well, imagine yourself in that body. Imagine what that body can do. Now, in this new body, how would this “new you” behave physically to maintain this image? Remember the journey to a healthier life isn’t a one-stop shop – we age, we change, we get hurt. Life has a wild way of throwing us curve balls. Yet, we cannot let what “may happen” become our reality.

We must begin to make changes in order to prepare ourselves as best as we can to respond to life’s circumstances. So, if you imagine yourself being more flexible – stretch daily. If you imagine yourself being stronger – challenge your body daily. If you imagine yourself being faster on the track – pick up our feet a little more. Regardless, you must move and act. It may not be as you imagined but that’s OK. You are creating a “new you” daily and you must start somewhere.

Lastly, be mindful of your surroundings, especially the people you spend time with. Are these people supporting you or the idea of this “new you?” You must begin to accept that your support system will undoubtedly change as you step into a more authentic self. So, don’t be afraid to let go of ideas, people or things in your life. You will never really leave anyone, separation is simply a bi-product of elevation. So, elevate and stop holding yourself back from doing what you love or becoming someone new.

Embrace the beauty and challenges that come with change for everything you create in the body will always start in the mind.

Miguel J. Ortiz is a personal trainer in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the National Personal Trainer Institute and a Certified Nutritional Consultant with more than a decade of professional experience. He can be found on Instagram at @migueljortiz.

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