Use Psychology To Change Your Exercise Habits
If you are like the majority of those who made New Year resolutions but by now your initial enthusiasm has faded away or worse, you already gave up thinking that you can truly succeed at making the changes you have set for yourself. Granted, finding motivation is not always easy and most of us are not as self disciplined as we would like to be but there are a lot of techniques that can help you get closer to your goal.
Human beings react to two master emotions when making decisions: pleasure and pain. These emotions are invaluable tools for motivation. Although both pleasure and pain are equally effective in creating motivation using pleasure is usually a better alternative as people tend to take preventative action faster this way.
Thinking about how beautiful you are going to look if you lose a few pounds is very different from waiting to be massively overweight in order to gather enough pain that forces you to make the necessary adjustments.
If you find it difficult to find motivation to exercise, for example try writing down all the ways in which exercise will improve your life.
Try writing down as many reasons as you can think of because your level of motivation will increase in direct proportion to the number of reasons you have.
Also, if your goal is to lose weight placing a picture of an attractive thin person in a prominent place like your desktop so you can see it often, will serve as a great visual reminder of your goal.
Another great way to motivate yourself is by using rewards. Rewards are excellent motivators because of the sense of achievement you get when you receive one. Your self confidence increases when you have a solid evidence of your progress and so does your enthusiasm.
When choosing a reward make sure that it's not in direct conflict with your goal..so if your goal is to lose weight don't reward yourself with a piece of cake if you managed to stick to your diet and your exercise plan.
To ensure your success it is recommended that you create daily and weekly rewards. You should only give yourself a weekly reward if you manged to achieve all your daily goals.
Last but not least,make sure the associations you have about your goal are useful and serve to motivate you. That means that you must find a way to link positive feelings with exercising.If you see exercising as a chore the chances of achieving your goal will be greatly diminished.
Tags: exercise, weight loss, exercise habits, psychology, exercise routine
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