How to cultivate a mind-body connection to get the most of your workout?
April 17, 2020
Hello, my visual musers, I am very happy to share with you all a mindful way to be able to exercise more effectively. I like to work out because this also helps my mindset get stronger. And I have often asked myself, what do other people think about when they work out? How do they endure the pain? What pushes them to keep working hard when it gets harder? And I ask this because I know for some of us our minds tend to drift off which sometimes causes boredom leading you to quickly stop working out altogether. Or chances are that when the pain starts to increment we want an exit. Or our daily workouts become stagnant where we no longer connect our pain to our bodies creating an opportunity for injury instead of building muscles. If this happens to you often, then here goes a list of the things that may help you have better control of your mindset when you’re working out.
Say Mantras: When I am running and it starts getting hard to breathe I think about my favorite mantras: “I am the best runner, I am getting my body stronger, Pain is temporary, I can do this, How we do anything, is how we do everything.”
Set Personal Goal: When I am lifting weights and I feel my muscles burning, I immediately start to think about my family so that I can do more than the ordinary sets. For example, when I feel my pain more instead of giving up I begin thinking about them because this triggers me to press for one more repetition. It is a way of me demonstrating to myself how I am getting closer to building a stronger mindset and a stronger body to be able to protect them. Find what triggers you to do more and use it as a way to tap into “your strongest- and most-discipline self.”
Visualize: When I am doing aerobics and feel like my mind is drifting away. Instead of ending my workout, I do a mindful switch by visualizing the benefits that are happening inside my body. Such as imagining which muscles are growing and how they are elongating and getting more define. While little by little my movements start to match the image I am internally sculpting.
Perform: When I am working out, in general, I make sure to have the best form and I make it look easy just to make the others around jealous. Or at least in my mind, I think I am doing a great performance which gets me pump! (LOL) Sounds ridiculous but trust me in the process it helps my belief system because I am performing with confidence.
Get Rewarded: So naturally, if you are working out the least you want to do is stop because it only takes longer to accomplish the goal. However, if you set your goal to do let’s say 3 miles of a run but you feel like your body can’t keep going then do this. Try telling yourself how it’s only gonna be 1 mile and after that take a 5-minute walk-break. This means you’re not stopping but being rewarded a 5-minute walk-break after every 1 mile of a run.
This is all for today. I hope to keep bringing you tips to get you closer to becoming the best version of yourself. And if you would like to share your strategies, please feel free to do so here, I’d love to read about them. Love Melo!
Hi, my name is Melody and I am the face behind the visual muse! I am a health and wellness writer currently based out of Miami Fl. When I am not writing or exercising. I am either collaborating on voice overs projects and love spending time learning different ways to manifest self-improvement.