The key to gym motivation, is pretty much the same as any other self motivation: learn to understand your own psyche and get mind power on your side.
As I mentioned before in the Exercise Motivation Tips article, it is wrong to assume that mind power equals willpower. To STAY motivated, you need to employ your imagination as well because your imagination can either keep you on track or derail you completely.
Here are the seven steps to workout motivation that I recommend to all my clients.
Create your own gym motivation profile for maximum success. Build on what has worked for you in the past. For example do you tend to prefer groups programs, work out on your own, or in the vicinity of other people? What time of day do you prefer, what types of activity? The more you accommodate your natural preferences the more likely you are to stick to the routine
List and elaborate on the pleasures you will enjoy and the pain you will avoid from working out at the gym. Really go to town on this step.... What motivates you? Think about health, sex, family, attractiveness, self-confidence, earning power, admiration. Think of as many benefits as you can and circle or highlight the ones that get you jazzed. There is no right or wrong – only what motivates you.
Use your imagination to make the desired behavior more appealing. Visualize the benefits of your efforts coming about as a direct result of your actions. Use as many internal senses as you can to make the benefits more attractive and appealing. You can use auto suggestion and affirmation to strengthen your mind programming.
Typically seeing the picture of the desired end result bigger, brighter, more colorful and closer will intensify your motivation. On the other hand, if your imagination is pulling you the other way, see that immediate gratification, smaller, darker, monochrome, further away.
Use an anchor to trigger a new self- image that already has the new desired behavior. Automate the anchor with this NLP exercise.
Set specific measurable, realistic, activity goals. Targets should be weekly, monthly, quarterly etc. such as number of times per week, number of steps, number of hours etc.
Build in rewards for gym motivation such as a hot tub, steam, massage or night at the movies and reward yourself for accomplishing the above.
You can modify these gym motivation tips for ANY behavior you want to change or acquire.
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