Self Awareness in Fitness

We need self awareness in Fitness and health. Here yoga is a good idea for getting self awareness. In the gym you are usually by yourself and in time you would be more aware of the things that you can do and the things that you can’t.

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During the Covid times we were all forced outside and working out by ourselves. Here I became more aware of my posture and my flexibility. When I do Body Combat I learn to become more flexible. As such I learned to become more confident.

When you are at the gym and there is a mirror there in front of you, you become more aware that your technique is wrong or right.

Why should we be self aware?

According to Positive Psychology we should self evaluate ourselves daily. If we do that then we can improve our techniques and communication skills. In time we can guide new members on the correct technique. We can make better judgements at the gym and elsewhere.

Four proven benefits of Self Awareness as listed by Positive Psychology

  • It can make us more proactive, boost our acceptance, and encourage positive self-development (Sutton, 2016).
  • Self-awareness allows us to see things from the perspective of others, practice self-control, work creatively and productively, and experience pride in ourselves and our work as well as general self-esteem (Silvia & O’Brien, 2004).
  • It leads to better decision-making (Ridley, Schutz, Glanz, & Weinstein, 1992).
  • It can make us better at our jobs, better communicators in the workplace, and enhance our self-confidence and job-related wellbeing (Sutton, Williams, & Allinson, 2015).

Five ways to increase self awareness

Serve Lead now says:

  1. Learn from a formal assessment of yourself. My favorite assessments include the Myers Briggs Type Indictor, DiSC and the Herman Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI). Tests like these certainly lead to greater self-awareness. Indeed, in my experience, self-aware leaders can describe their Myers Briggs types, DiSC scores or HBDI colors without hesitation.
  2. Learn from formal multirater feedback. A rigorous and robust multirater feedback process might be the best way to learn how others perceive you. Some of that feedback might confirm your self-awareness; some of that feedback might push you towards greater self-awareness. But in my experience, multirater feedback is valuable in every case.
  3. Learn from an inside mentor. Ask a person you really trust in your organization to be your mentor. Then you can have honest conversations about how your self-perceptions square with the perceptions of those around you. Moreover, good mentors will keep their ears open for and share things – positive and negative – that people are saying about their mentees.
  4. Learn from an outside coach. Outside coaches can offer you a perspective that is not influenced by inside politics and power dynamics. Furthermore, they can help keep you accountable for that methodical, sustained investment of effort you want.
  5. Learn from withdrawal and reflection. Servant-leaders often practice the “art of withdrawal,” to use Greenleaf’s phrase. During that withdrawal – perhaps just a few minutes each day away from urgent interruptions of the workplace – they ask themselves, “How am I being perceived by others today? What interactions went well? What interactions could have gone better?”

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