Simple mind trick for exercise
I’d been sitting at home in my exercise gear for three hours trying to make myself go to the gym…
As each hour rolled by I found myself coming up with tons of excuses and finding busy work to distract myself… sound familiar?
Just as I was about to start on another ‘urgent’ project I called myself out and decided to turn my procrastination around!
I made this short video for you to demonstrate a simple mind trick that I use when this resistance sets in and how YOU can do it too. Please excuse the raw, no makeup look… I wasn’t expecting to shoot a video but I felt inspired AND I had an awesome workout afterwards. :-)
Give it a go and let me know how it works for you!
Step 1: Find an exercise you enjoy! If you hate going to the gym then DON’T GO TO THE GYM! How about table tennis or trampolining or surfing?
Step 2: Check in with your body. Are you too tired to go to the gym? If your body gives you an internal ‘no’ then respect what she is telling you and maybe go for a gentle walk or do some yoga stretches.
Step 3: If you get a ‘yes’ from your body go ahead and think about exercising. Now identify the negative mental image that comes up in your mind’s eye which is talking you out of doing it. Maybe you’re bored, or lonely, or just feeling plain uninspired. Notice the expression on your face and how you feel in your body as you imagine that picture.
Step 4: Take that negative picture and next come up with an inspiring and motivating image to place right behind it… maybe it’s dressing up and going out on the town with your girlfriends, buying something you’ve always wanted, or even winning a millions dollars! Tune into how great you look and feel in that image. I love to run on the beach here in Mexico with my dog Bella so that’s usually the image I use.
Step 5: With the positive image behind the negative one imagine a hole in the negative image opening up gradually, like the way a manual camera lens shutter opens. (I always close my eyes during this bit to get into the visualization as fully as I can!)
Step 6: Keep seeing that hole getting bigger and bigger until you can see the positive image. Make the image as vivid and enticing as possible. See it in bright, high definition 3-D! Notice how good it makes you feel and really enjoy that sensation.
Step 7: Hold the positive image for 10-15 seconds and then gradually close the hole so that you are looking at your negative image again. You may notice that the negative charge has diminished or neutralized.
Step 8: Repeat steps 3-7 three times, or however many feels right to you. Chances are you’ll be raring to go exercise with a smile on your face! :-)