On May 28, 2015

Four self-motivating mind tricks for a fitter, healthier you

By Amy Lewis, Fusion Fitness

Are you struggling with self motivation? Having a hard time getting yourself to your regularly scheduled workouts? Finding more and more reasons to cheat on your healthy diet?

You’re not alone! A healthy dose of motivation coupled with determination will get you almost anything in life. So how do you know if you’re genuinely motivated?

  • Motivation will tell you to get out of bed for an early workout.
  • Motivation will nag you to put down the doughnut.
  • Motivation makes passing on fries a reflex.
  • Motivation makes a sweat drenched workout exciting.
  • Motivation constantly reminds you why you do what you do.
  • Here are four self-motivating mind tricks that can help you to lock onto your goals.

Trick #1: Pinpoint your motivator

Motivation stems from having a goal. What is your goal? Why do you want to get into great shape?

Once you uncover your personal motivator you’ll find that motivation flows quickly your way.

Take a minute to really uncover the reason that you want to lose the weight. Don’t say something vague like “I want to be thinner” or “look more attractive.” Dig deeper – there is a very specific motivator in your life, you simply need to uncover it.

Here are some possible motivators…

  • I want to have more energy to keep up with the kids.
  • I want to improve my health through weight loss to extend and improve my life.
  • I want to lose 15 pounds before my vacation.
  • I want to restore my confidence to wear sleeveless shirts.
  • I want to regain my figure to impress and attract my significant other.

Trick #2: Make it official

When you write something down it suddenly feels official, doesn’t it? Write down your motivator for getting into great shape, and post it where you will see it often—next to your alarm clock, on the bathroom mirror, or in your car.

Each time you see your written motivator take a moment to visualize yourself accomplishing your goal. Try to make the scene as clear in your mind as possible. This is a powerful tool for maintaining your focus and direction.

Trick #3: Be practical

It’s game plan time. You know what you want, and now you need to map out exactly how you’ll achieve it. It is important to be practical in your planning, rather than throwing out ideas that you know you won’t stick with.

With any weight loss goal it is important to 1) maintain a healthy low-calorie diet, and 2) participate in a consistent and challenging exercise program.

Plan a routine that will fit into your schedule and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Also choose an exercise program that you enjoy—don’t force yourself to jog everyday if you hate jogging.

It is also helpful to regularly visualize yourself accomplishing your fitness goal. Spend five minutes with your eyes closed, envisioning how it will feel. Your brain can’t tell the difference between a well-imagined thought and an actual experience, so this process will have your brain thinking that you already accomplished your goal!

Trick #4: Call for backup

Enlist the support of your friends, family and co-workers. Tell everyone about your goal to lose weight and get fit, you’ll be surprised how supportive most people will be. By being open about your goals you’ll likely be an encouragement to others to make healthy changes in their own lives. It’s contagious!

Motivate your friends, family and co-workers!

Amy Lewis is the founder of Fusion Fitness located on River Road in Killington, Vt. With nearly 20 years experience as a personal trainer, weight loss specialist, and group fitness instructor, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Sport and Fitness Association, Lewis is able to meet the needs of clients on an individual basis. For more information visit, FusionFitnessVT.com.

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