By Laurel House
Many say weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. I believe that it's 100% mental. Once you set your mind to something, everything else follows... goes for pretty much everything in life. Make a decision. Then do what needs to be done to make it happen, and it will.
Want to get healthy, lose weight, give up chocolate, or tone your triceps? Make Up Your Mind and Your Body Will Follow.
Here are 3 ways to help your mind move your body or stop a snack attack in its tracks:
Hungry? Sure about that?
Sometimes symptoms other than hunger cue us to crave food when what we really need is love, sleep, calm, or water. Before you splurge, take stock of your senses. If you realize that you really aren't hungry, hone into your psyche and see if there is something else that you are craving- like a bath, a hike, or a hug.
Studies show that women who create a list of alternatives to typical workout excuses tend to exercise twice as much as those who don't have that handy list to turn to in moments of weakness. IF/THEN scenarios help to stop your excuses and start moving your body!
IF… "I can't make it to the gym at lunch" is your excuse…
THEN… "I'll go onto ExerciseTV.TV and pick which onDemand workout to do as soon as I get home"
Sometimes the big picture task can be daunting, even derailing. Overcome the stress of the big picture by focusing on the little things. Put your mind to your muscle! Focus your attention on the muscle you want to work, and you will be able to drive more energy from that muscle, taking energy away from the others that might normally be the focus. For example: Want to hone in on your abs?
Run- When you run you focus on engage your core.
Sit- When you sit or stand, use your core to power the movement up and down.
Kick- Start the movement by engaging your abs, then your leg will easily lift with less required from your legs.
You can do the same thing with your butt, your thighs, and calves. It's amazing what simply focusing your mind to a specific spot can do and how profoundly it can change your exercise experience.
Engage your abs while doing jumping jacks. Your experience of those jumping jacks will change and, you know what, your abs will be sore the next am.
At the end of the day, remember, that each workout, each minute you spend sweating, each donut you walk away from, leaves you one step closer to fitting into your skinny jeans, looking in the mirror and feeling proud of your body, running at the park with your kids, fending off diabetes… achieving your goals. Because you're worth it.
As was said in Field of Dreams: "If you build it, they will come..."
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