10 Mental Tricks for a More Effective Workout


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5. Make a new habit.

Everyone knows that the same place, same time is an important part of forming a habit. For example, going to bed at 9, getting up at 6. Do this regularly enough and you won’t need your alarm clock after a while. Why not try the same thing with exercise? Find a day and a time that works for you so your body begins to “expect” or look forward to its workout habit.


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6. Use that imagination.

When you imagine your workout in your mind, it’s been proven to give you quicker results and improve your confidence. Olympic athletes and professionals have done this for years, so why not join them?


7.  Habits are great.

But be flexible, too. Sometimes, things don’t always go as planned. If you have to miss a workout day, or find you need to change the time for a period of time (you can’t miss your daughters Christmas play!), just accept it and move on. The world won’t end because you had to implement a little change now and then.  Be flexible and keep your priorities straight.


8. Integrate fitness into your life.

If you can ride your bike to work, even if it’s just one or two days a week, then do so! Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Park your car at the farthest end of the parking lot and walk to the store or to your office. These are little things, but it adds up.


9. Have fun

Most exercise is inherently fun, so don’t push yourself so hard that you forget this. If your workouts feels like, well, work, then maybe it’s time to switch it up and do something else. Your workout should be something you look forward to, not something you dread.


10.  Congratulate yourself.

You should feel good, inside, after every workout. Give yourself credit for being good to your body. This should calm your mind and make you feel more content. All this effort is worth the results and when you exercise mindfully, your workouts will become more effective as well as more fun.



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