mynd.works, weight lloss, weight management, weight, exercise, running, sport, fitness, healthy,

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.

stutter, stammer, speech, broken, stress, pressure, suffer, stress, anxiety, fear, worry, therapy, hypnosis, mynd.works

Your children might be suffering from anxiety!

Did you know that most children experience various forms of anxiety and stress from the moment they are born? Sometimes, it is easy to spot whether a child is anxious by their crying and clinging behaviour. But as they advance in age, children may start hiding their anxiety. Nevertheless, it will still reflect in their actions.

You can help your child effectively deal with anxiety and stress through the following suggestions:

Arrange a ‘fun’ time.

Piles of homework can certainly drain your child energy and make them prone to anxiety and stress. Even sports activities can be physically and mentally stressful too. So make sure they have time to have some ‘pure fun’.

Organise some fun yet relaxing activities, such a painting, drawing, reading, a tea party or some games that don’t require too much competition.

low self-confidence, esteem, nerves, nervous, timid, shy, quiet, afraid, mynd.works, solution, hypnosisTeach your child to become their own superhero.

It is very common for children to have fears, just as adults do. But the problem with many parents is that they tend to encourage their kids to avoid their fears, instead of facing them. But the more they hide from their fears, the more they will be hunted by it.

So slowly, help your child become used to the things they fear the most. Normally, anxiety is reduced in 20-45 minutes of staying around a mildly fear-provoking situation. If your child is suffering from an intense fear or phobia, it is advisable to seek therapy as soon as possible.

Emphasise their good side.

Children with severe anxiety tend to focus on their negative side – their flaws, things they cannot do, etc. Negative thinking can make your child hate themselves and other people.

You can help your child become more positive by giving attention to their good side – talents, skills and strengths. Congratulate your child for scoring high in their test, teach them some new skills, and surround them with positive people.

Make sure your child sleeps on time.

Lack of sleep has been found to make children more irritable and stressed. It is important that they get at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. To promote quality sleep, set a bedtime schedule that must be strictly followed even during weekends.

Enhance their problem-solving skills.

Critical thinking must be developed at the earliest age possible. If you keep on solving even the little problems your child encounters, they will just learn to become dependent on you. Now, what if they face a problem at school and you aren’t there?

It will make them more anxious and exhausted. Allowing your child to solve their problems (with your guidance of course) will greatly benefit them, especially as they grow older.

Organise relaxation exercises.

In the morning, before your child goes to school, you may encourage them to practise some relaxation exercises with you.

At night as they close their eyes to sleep, you may ask your child to think or imagine a very relaxing place, such as a garden full of fragrant flowers or some enchanted forest adventure. These techniques are scientifically proven to reduce anxiety symptoms and relieve stress. Many people don’t realise this is in fact hypnosis.

Be the role model.

You don’t expect your child to become free from stress and anxiety if you yourself are having similar issues! Children follow what their parents do. For them, anything you say or do is right.

So be the role model of your own child. Positivity is contagious. If you are always positive, your child can easily acquire your personality without you having to do so much effort!

stress, tension, anxiety, pressure, symptoms, treatment, hypnosis, psychotherapy, mynd.works, Brisbane, Gold coast, Australia, Richard ScottNever lose hope.

No matter how hard it is, never stop trying. Anxiety and stress can be very hard to overcome but it doesn’t mean your child wouldn’t be able to deal with them any more. Just keep following these tips and discover a great difference.

Also, you may want to see a therapist to guide your child. A professional practitioner, with a blue card, should be equipped with the skills and knowledge to reduce anxiety and stress in children, just as they can effectively deal with adult issues.

Please comment if you found this article useful and by all means feel free to share forwards.

All the best,

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist
www.mynd.works