Exercise helps to break free from a fixed mindset
Let’s talk about the term “fixed mindset” today. It was coined by Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck, and refers to the belief that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static.
As you might imagine, this way of thinking can be dangerous because a fixed mindset can often prevent important skill development and growth, which could sabotage your health and happiness down the line.
The good news is that exercise can help free yourself from a fixed mindset - and it’s easy to see how. Physical activity offers very clear markers of progress. Whether you’re running faster, jumping higher or lifting heavier weights, exercise provides very obvious evidence that you are improving and moving beyond your natural skill ceiling.
Children who understand that their abilities are malleable, are able to avoid the limitations of the fixed mindset and start developing a self-improvement mindset from an early age.