Unfortunately there’s no magic wand to help us look and feel at the top of our game. Good news is when you work your mind with your body, you speed results and make them last. How hot is that?
Is it true you can you think yourself thin? That’d be awesome, but no. What you can do is use mental tricks that empower you to stay on track and work more powerfully and efficiently so you reach your fitness goals faster. “I’ve found that many people don’t lack the motivation to power their bodies, but they lack the know-how to empower their mind to fuel their bodies for optimal performance and achievement,” says Steve Jordan, LA-based Trainer to the Stars and America’s Fitness Ambassador.
These same mind-over-matter tools work beyond the gym to help you stay true to resolutions in other areas of your life, like relationships, work or family.
Try the mental tricks Jordan uses in his Los Angeles studio when training high-achieving clients so they get more than just a bikini bod:
The hardest thing about getting to the gym is putting on your sneakers. Once they are on, you’re on your way. I don’t now anyone who has ever regretted that they went to the gym or worked out once they got there. How many times have you driven to the gym or exercise class and turned around half way there? Exactly! Probably never! So put those sneakers on, get out the door or go into your home gym. The rest will take care of itself.
Mental trick: Schedule fitness first.
A goal is just a dream if it’s not written down or scheduled. It’s so easy to put off your exercise plan when you have many other “To Do’s” on the list that just never seems to get completed. My clients work best and achieve their goals more efficiently when they have a set schedule weekly and monthly. It allows them to schedule other appointments and/or move other life obligations around the training time to promote consistency, which in my opinion is one of the key ingredients to success. I recommend on Sunday night or the beginning of the month to spend some time scheduling your weekly workouts in a calendar that can remind you.
State change is one of the most powerful motivators and also one that most people don’t know or do. Even if you don’t love sports, there’s probably a very likely chance you’ve seen a Super Bowl game or other world-class sporting event on TV. And while watching you’ve probably have seen athletes jumping around, psyching themselves up, hitting shoulders pads or banging helmets. That’s an example of “state change.” You don’t have to bang your head on the wall, but if you stand up tall, stick out your chest, hold your head up high and say out loud, “I love exercising and it feels great during and after I am done,” you arm yourself for success. This simple strategy helps motivate you to get off the couch, get out of the office and go to the gym for an invigorating workout. Keeping up this mantra during your session also changes how hard you work because you’re empowering yourself, staying positive and revving up energy levels.