Mentally Prepare for a Healthy 2013
Thursday, December 27, 2012
As you look to next year, you are likely thinking about New Year’s resolutions, setting goals and your overall fitness plan for next year. While your plan begins to take shape, there are many things you can do to prepare mentally to stay committed to your goals. Let’s take a look at a few tricks for revving up your determination and having your best year of fitness yet!
Picture your goals. Visualization is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals because seeing yourself meeting your goals gives you a crystal clear picture of where you want to go. Seeing your goal puts you in the mindset to achieve it. Write a vision statement to help. Try and describe a crystal clear picture of where you want to be so you can get your brain working in the right. Answer these questions: What is your ultimate fitness goal? What does that look like? And then move on to the next step.
Create a fitness vision board. Think Pinterest except use poster board or paper so you can display your vision board in a place where you can see it daily. Get creative. Attach photos of you that show off your athletic prowess or images of other fit bodies that motivate you. Clip out fitness images that motivate and remind you of all the benefits of keeping your body in shape. Find some empowering quotes to add to your pictures. (Check out my Pinterest page here!) It can look like a fitness collage or have just a few simple images—whatever appeals to you. Every time you look at your fitness vision board it will remind you of how you want to see yourself and how you want to live.
Do affirmations. Even if there are a few fitness goals you haven’t achieved yet, write out your affirmations as if you have already achieved those things. Your affirmations should describe your ideal scenario—even if you aren’t there yet. The point is to get in the mindset of where you are headed. For example: I am fit. I love to exercise. I am at my goal weight. I am strong and I am getting stronger each day. My endurance increases daily. My flexibility has improved tremendously. Exercise gives me more energy. You get the gist. Read your list daily.
Create a stop doing list. Are there a handful of things you do regularly that aren’t good for your health? If you can eliminate a few of the choices you make that don’t support your health, you will be practicing your commitment to your health and freeing up mental space for the healthy choices you do want to make! A stop doing list might include a variety of things like: stop skipping exercise, stop saying I don’t have enough time, stop drinking soda, stop short-changing the amount of time I sleep, stop being inconsistent, or stop having dessert every night. Jot down those things you have wanted to stop doing for a while now and you will be cleaning the slate for all the new and healthy decisions you will make in 2013!
Strengthen your mental resolve so you can meet 2013 with a rock solid commitment to your fitness!
Courtesy of Get Fit with Chris Freytag