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How a simple mindset change can change how you feel about exercise forever.

So let’s rewind 3-4 years. I was that “cardio bunny” grinding it out on the treadmill, elliptical or spinning class, hours on end, not satisfied until I felt physically faint or sick. I would go to the gym and not leave until:

1) I’d burned enough calories

2) I’d completed a minimum of 1.5 hours of cardio or

3) I’d sweated enough to feel too embarrassed to be seen in public

I’d get anxious if I didn’t achieve these goals, and damn near have a panic attack or feel guilty if I couldn’t go to the gym. Sound familiar?

This picture is so common, and yet so very wrong. And if this is you I urge you to just take a moment and re-evaluate your intentions for going to the gym. This scenario is a quintessential indicator of misguided intentions and an unhealthy relationship with training. And this was me.

Too often we become obsessed and laser-focused on one thing – losing weight or getting that “ideal” body. And women especially have been duped into thinking that there’s only one way to get it- by sweating it out doing hours upon hours of cardio. And so what may start as a healthy habit, quickly progresses into a destructive obsession. You may lose weight yes, but are you happy? Are you healthy? Do you enjoy going to the gym? Do you feel confident? Is it maintainable?


It’s not an easy thing to do, but changing your mindset about and your intentions for your training can be one of the most powerful tools to get you on a healthier path. Instead of equating the duration of training or number of calories burned as your gauge for success, why not try focusing on things like: Do I feel energized after my workout? Has my running/cycling/swimming time improved? Is my strength improving? Can I complete more reps? Has this been a source of quality alone time or maybe quality time with a training partner? Am I excited and motivated to train again?

By simply changing your mindset, changing your intentions, your happiness and wellbeing become your focus, your training becomes enjoyable again and thus more maintainable, and your previous goals of losing weight or improving your body become a byproduct.

Gemma Oberholzer

About Gemma Oberholzer

I guess you can say I'm a serial self-improver. Since I was a kid I can remember being weirdly thrilled at the idea of learning something new and figuring out how to use that new found knowledge to better myself. This perpetual learn-grow itch eventually lead me to the field of Health and Wellness and it's here I've been, fascinated for the last 8 years of my study and work life. From Human Life Scientist and learning the mechanics of physiology and intricacies of metabolic biochemistry, to Food and Nutrition Scientist where I deepened my understanding of diet and it's key role in human performance and health. Geared with this comprehensive education and better appreciation for human health, I've since been able to practically apply this in my career through the fields of research, product development, brand management and marketing. In 2018, I was finally able to bring all these learnings together and so my passion project, WellBe&Co, was born. WellBe&Co is a personal and corporate wellness company specializing in easy-to-implement, lifestyle-focused nutrition, training and health solutions. It's here that I've gained invaluable insights into the human-side of the health and wellness industry in a way that has enabled me to provide relevant content and value-adding services to individuals and companies alike and live out our mission to build communities that know better and grow together through better health.

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  • Avatar Ann Fenn says:

    Wonderful, funny and informative. Thought provoking, I’m going to get my mindset right as swimming has become a chore. Full of great tips and love the recipe choice.

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