Just about every top athlete would tell you, if you asked, that 90% of the physical game is mental.
Our minds command our bodies ultimately and staying on point with our weight loss goals has MUCH more to do with what’s going on inside our heads than not. It’s only the rarest situation where our body will fail us in training and leave us with an injury. Taking the time to train safe largely prevents this.
On the other hand situations where a person trying to lose weight sees their minds fail resulting in skipped workouts or junk food eating binges are much, much more common.
Thankfully. there’s a few simple things we can do to develop our “Inner Game” of fitness. These tips can make an ally of our minds rather than an enemy!
Use Positive Visualizations.
Our subconscious mind has great difficulty separating what we image from what has actually occurred or is occurring. This trait can be harmful, but when we harness it and use it to our advantage it can also be pure magic. How can we do this? Sit comfortably with eyes shut. In your mind imagine how you will look lean and fit in the New Year.
After around five minutes move on to yourself performing in the gym powerfully and dynamically. After a few minutes more move back to seeing yourself again lean and fit. In total this can be worked on for ten or fifteen minutes a day as many days as you are able. Watch the wonders ensue.
Practice Affirmations to Build Confidence.
Think of affirmations as an approach to the subconscious audibly like visualizations are visually. They pay off just as much. When both these methods are used they compliment each other perfectly. How do affirmations work? Take a short positive set of statements and repeat it to yourself, out loud in the morning and evening. An example: “I am healthy, fit and happy”. Always state things in the present terms with “I am” and your goals stated as if already achieved. Never use “I want” or ” I am not”. The way the mind works these things don’t sink in nearly as well.
When Stressed Breathe DEEPLY.
Breathing influences the mind. When you become stressed about your ability to achieve your New Year’s fitness goals, or anything else really, breathe deeply. Here’s a traditional “calming” breathing technique used in yoga. It’s worked for over a thousand years. Inhale for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of eight. Exhale for a count of twelve while you imagine your bad thoughts leaving with your breath. Repeat twenty times or until you feel yourself relax.
Don’t be surprised if you feel yourself developing more mental focus and energy through out the day as you do the calming breath more frequently. These positive side effects come with the territory.
There’s an inner and outer game to most things worth doing in life fat loss and fitness included. Now you’re armed with the skill to become a champion of your New Year’s weight loss inner game will you use it? I hope so, because this is one game thats definitely worth winning.
Ignore Training and Diet Fads.
There are certainly fitness sources that provide valuable, actionable and useful information free from hype and over-self interest. I would like to think I am one of them. There are also fitness sources that will try to sell you snake oil and useless programs just to make a buck. These are best ignored as they can distract you from what works and sometimes even cause injury. Buck the trends and keep things simple. Only accept advice from those who have earned your trust.
Remember MORE is Always Possible.
Don’t let your successes seem like the end of the road. There’s always new goals that can be set and accomplished that can bring you even more excitement and joy. |
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