What is CBT-Fitness?
CBT-Fitness is a form of psycho-fit-therapy that modifies the connections between a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, in connection to health and fitness. By challenging unbalanced beliefs and attitudes, CBT-Fitness empowers people to break negative patterns of behavior. The individual is the focal point and CBT-Fitness helps build self-awareness, especially when it comes to unhelpful thinking patterns.
Unlike other forms of psychotherapy, CBT-Fitness concentrates on solutions rather than just a person’s past experiences. Additionally, it trains people to be their own coach/therapist, which is why it is known as a practical approach to mental and physical wellness that can be used to treat a wide range of diet and training issues. Whether a problem is minor, such as a bad habit of nibbling food, or more severe, like being unable to sleep or binge eating, CBT-Fitness can help target the cognitive patterns causing the problem.
- Perspective Changing. CBT-Fitness actively targets a persons core beliefs and attitudes about their ‘fitness world.’ By challenging negative thought patterns, CBT-Fitness helps people gain control over their conscious thoughts that influence their behaviors and improves their fitness journey outlook.
- Learn Skills for Coping. Building self-awareness helps people learn better ways to cope, communicate, and recover when dealing with emotional or stressful situations. Learning CBT-Fitness skills will help people face future challenges.
- Reduce Stress and Anxiety. It’s completely normal to be stressed if you’re late to work, forget your prepped food, or lack the time needed to get in a full workout in. But believing you’re a bad person because you’re late/forgetful/or ran out of time would indicate a cognitive distortion. CBT-Fitness can help people identify and modify these distortions that cause you distress.
- Better Sleep. For people who can’t clock in the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night, CBT-Fitness could be a helpful solution. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics was able to conclude, “CBT had a long-term effect of improved sleep-related psychological activity and daytime functioning.”
- Create More Positive Emotions. CBT-Fitness uses an “upward arrow” approach. Instead of just looking at what is wrong, CBT-Fitness helps people focus on positive reactions, while finding new solutions.
- Being More Engaged. The results of CBT-Fitness are sustainable and long lasting in part because CBT-Fitness focuses on the social support network. Skills learned will help create new healthy habits that will allow people to feel more engaged whether they’re at work, at home, or working out with family and friends.
- A Sense of Accomplishment. Using skills of CBT-Fitness will help people focus on their capabilities which leads to more accurate and helpful feelings of accomplishment.
We believe an integrative approach is the future for long-term health and fitness, joining together multiple pathways to provide a personalized journey to fitness freedom! Pulling principles from CBT and positive psychology, CBT-Fitness can people develop strength to overcome the challenges stemming from their negative thought patterns. Above all, the skills and habits from CBT-Fitness will allow people to build a sustainably positive lifestyle where they are in control.
Whether you’re starting your fitness journey, overwhelmed by diets/training, or a fitness professional seeking to learn CBT-Fit skills, CBT MEETS FITNESS is designed for you!