Updated: Apr 28, 2020
If you've read any of my previous articles, you would know that my writing voice is usually kind of crass, sarcastic, and goofy. And I can't necessarily guarantee that you still won't get glimpses of that here, this will likely be one of, if not the most serious article I'll ever write.
I would also like to preface this by saying that I am not a psychologist, nor mental health specialist, but I do know that these things do play a bigger role in the world of fitness than you may be privy too.
But the idea of mental health as it pertains to fitness is relatively unexplored.
And the idea of mental health is actually driven and heavily influenced by psychology (once again, not a psychologist).
But, it doesn't take a psychologist to know that regardless of your intentions, the way you say things to people, has a profound effect on their feelings and actions.
Want one of your family members to start living a healthier life?
Maybe you tell them they're getting fat.
Your intentions are pure. You're doing your best to motivate that person to start up their fitness journey, but by demoralizing them with that statement, you may make that person feel inadequate, and drive them deeper into a hole of unhealthy living.
On the flip side, if you have a friend that you're really close with and half the time you spend together is ball busting, you could potentially say the same thing to them, and with the nature of your relationship, they might not take it to heart, and it might actually get them to start working out.
It varies greatly from person to person.
Some people do great with positive reinforncement.
Others might actually prefer a hard ass that yells at them.