Your fitness is as much a mental workout as it is a physical one. But starting, or restarting, can be hard, as you have to leave your old comfy habits and create new move-forward habits. Sometimes playing little tricks with yourself is just the thing you need to get your stubborn kid-side to listen to your I-know-what's-best-for-you side. Here are 5 suggestions to give yourself a mental "nudge".
5 WAYS TO TRICK YOURSELF INTO FITNESS
1. Give yourself small daily attainable goals and reward yourself with anything but food. You might try challenging yourself to no sugar all day, or only fruit for snacks, or making sure you drink enough water. Reward yourself with things like a trip to your favorite store, a manicure, time alone, or any other non-edible enjoyment. People have a tendency to reward with food which over time gets you into trouble. Change this pattern by changing your responses to reward and comfort and don't use food for either one. Take away stress-food and you'll save yourself hundreds (or more) of calories which in time, saves you stress!
2. Set a weeklong goal and tell yourself that you'll treat yourself with your favorite food as soon as you've achieved the goal. But once you have achieved that goal, put off the treat and set a new goal, and only reward yourself when you hit the new goal. But once you have achieved that goal, put off the treat and set a new goal… (see the pattern?) Certainly you can enjoy a treat, but if you think you won't be able to control yourself, then don't. There is a time of "reduction mode" where you simply have to stay away from temptation. It's both a cleansing and re-training process for your body and your mind.
3. Tell yourself you're only going to do a short workout, only 20 minutes or so. Chances are, once you get going you'll finish your entire workout.
4. Commit to eating clean for an entire week. Tell yourself you have your whole life to eat whatever you want, but for this week, you'll be strict with your nutrition. Surely you can do anything for a week. (Repeat next week).
5. Remember, the fittest people do the same exercises you do. Imagine you are them and that you put as much into your workout and nutrition as they do. Imagine what it would feel like to have *super fitness*. Then swagger out of your workout, knowing that if you stick to it, you absolutely can.
by Heather Frey
Founder and President of SmashFit.com, Motivationalist, CPT, Writer, Artist, Spokesperson, Fitness Model, National Figure Competitor
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