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Six Mind Tricks for better workouts

Exercise is one of the best habits to incorporate into your lifestyle. There’s an abundance of health benefits related to regular physical activity, ranging from a better physique to a lowered risk of heart disease, dementia, diabetes, plus many other chronic diseases.

Let’s face it, working out can be a hard habit to start for some

Often, those who begin fitness programmes will quit very quickly. Sometimes, after reaching a target weight, many choose to stop working out and return to their old lifestyle, only to lose the physique and store the fat once more.

Your mindset is the engine behind every action you take. To get your mind on board with the process of healthy exercise you have to make the whole process a fun, exciting and rewarding one.

So, how do you make sure you are able to stick to your workout habit?

That’s the challenging part. Sure, the extensive sweating and breathlessness can make you feel helpless and not want to exercise any more. But, you can actually trick your mind into getting going! Here’s how…

  1. Make it fun

If you don’t like exercising, there’s a big chance that you’ll feel tired and bored working out, and won’t succeed. So you need to choose a fitness programme that you will actually enjoy. Don’t hesitate to try different workout plans. Mix it up a little; ask a professional trainer to help you.

Choose the one you like the most and make your experience even more fun by doing it outdoors or turning up the music (nice and loud!). Adding fun to your workout routine makes you enjoy it more, rather than feeling obliged to do so.

  1. Invest in your workout outfit

Having a great set of workout clothes can increase your motivation to stick to your fitness routine. It motivates you to see yourself looking great in good, quality gear. Not only do you want to feel comfortable, you also want to avoid getting injured during your workout session.

  1. Make even more tweaks

So, you’re on a programme. That doesn’t mean you can’t try other forms of exercise as well. Not all workout routines are found inside the gym. Swimming, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling and other sports can be wonderful exercise options too.

  1. Buddy-up

They say ‘two heads are better than one’. That’s so true, especially when it comes to accountability on an exercise programme. Working out is more enjoyable when you have someone to go through ups and downs with. And by the way, ‘the more the merrier’ too!

  1. Progress not perfection

STOP comparing yourself to others. Doing so can be demotivating when you start wondering why you’re not progressing as fast as the next guy on the same routine.

There are so many factors to consider, not just your exercise, in trying to lose weight. So focus on yourself.

Discover why you really want to exercise. If your reason is to simply look good for others, you chance of success will be significantly lower. The reason should be intrinsic. It should be for yourself.

  1. Rise to the challenge

Always try to dig deeper. If you’re able to plank for 30 seconds, try to hit 40 next time. As you keep challenging yourself, you’ll start to benefit from better health and quality of life.

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Mission SLIMpossible

Among millions of people who try make a New Year’s weight loss resolution, around only eight per cent are able to keep it. And even if they lose weight initially, it usually returns.

Why? Because most dieters tend to forget the emotional component to food. And they’re not alone, it’s a key aspect that the vast majority of people simply overlook and it can quickly sabotage your efforts. 

According to a recent survey of more than one thousand people, 31 per cent of think that lack of exercise is the biggest barrier to weight loss. This is followed by diet, accounting to 26 per cent of the responses, and the cost of a healthy lifestyle, which amounts to 17 per cent.

But only one in ten responses point psychological well-being was a factor and that in my opinion is the reason why most dieters struggle. “In order to lose weight and keep it off long term, you need to do more than just think about what you eat, you also need to understand why you’re eating.”

weight loss resolution, christmas, festive, party, christmas party, family, xmas, stress“From a very young age we’re emotionally attached to food. As children we’re often given treats, both to console us when we’re upset, and to reward us for good behaviour. Most celebrations, like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day are food-focused, and birthdays are spent sharing cake. Even the mere smell of certain foods, like cookies in grandma’s oven, can create powerful emotional connections that last a lifetime.” said Robinson.

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you are conditioned to use food not only for nourishment, but for comfort. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily, as long as you acknowledge it and deal with it appropriately. Whenever the brain experiences pleasure for any reason it reacts the same way.

three tips to help manage your emotional connection with food and boost your weight loss resolution:

  • Keep a daily diary logging your food and your mood, and look for unhealthy patterns.
  • Identify foods that make you feel good and write down why you eat them. Do they evoke a memory or are you craving those foods out of stress?
  • Before you have any snack or meal ask yourself: Am I eating this because I’m hungry? If the answer is no, look for the root of your motive.

The goal should be to take out emotion out of eating and see food as nourishment, not as a reward or coping mechanism.

Let me know how you progress. If you like this blog post I’m sure your friends would too, be kind and share.

Richard Scott