Follow Glenn’s Tips for Permanent Fitness!!
It’s been a very long winter especially in the UK but finally we are now starting to enjoy longer and warmer days at last! It’s great time to start thinking about getting in shape for summer and beyond, and feeling happy and healthy. 🙂
A few years back now I realised how vital it was to keep myself fit and healthy. I realised that part of the key to this was to train my mind to enjoy a healthy new lifestyle. It’s easy to give up on a new fitness and health routine because your motivation wains or you lose interest.
When you eat healthily and exercise regularly you get fit and healthy, it is as simple as that. The key to achieving these two goals is through programming your mind to ENJOY eating healthily and exercising. Self-hypnosis and meditation are a great way to achieve this. Adapting the mindset of looking forward to exercising rather than it being a drag is a sure-fire way to permanent and lasting fitness, and the more you move your body the more you will want to.
Follow these 7 golden rules for lasting fitness:
Golden Rule 1: Move!
Get into the habit of moving your body as often as possible in your everyday life. Look for simple everyday opportunities to be active, even if it’s just a short walk, jog or a mini trampoline work out for 10 minutes in the morning.
Golden Rule 2: Learn to Love Exercise!
Learn to enjoy being active. Always connect with a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment when you exercise and use affirmations and visualisations to build the belief that you love to exercise. A good mantra to repeat over and over for this would be ‘I love to exercise and keep fit.’ Connect with a feeling of enjoyment and pleasure as you state this affirmation. The more energy you give your affirmations, the stronger the belief becomes. The motivation to exercise and keep fit then becomes normal and natural – something you love doing.
Golden Rule 3: Choose Exercise You Will Enjoy
Find the right form of exercise for you – if you love nature, walking or jogging maybe the thing for you – taking in the great outdoors. You may love the gym and so going three times a week will not seem like a chore. If you have a competitive nature maybe tennis or squash will suit you. If you love to dance there are many dance based exercise classes, or maybe you need something a little more gentle like yoga or T’ai Chi. Think about what suits you best and commit to a programme. There is no shortage of gyms and exercise classes.
Golden Rule 4: Adopt Good Habits
There are simple new habits you can adopt to increase the exercise you take daily. Where possible walk or cycle instead of using the car, if you take a bus or train, get off a stop earlier and walk. Park at the farthest point in the car park of the supermarket or shopping centre and walk in. Always choose to walk up and down the staircase instead of taking the elevator. Feel good as you do these things and be grateful for the opportunity to get your heart rate up.
Golden Rule 5: Set A Goal
Consider increasing your fitness to run a half or full marathon, or do that long ten mile walk for charity or a sponsored swim. Having a goal will help to keep you focused on exercising. Once you achieve a small goal you will find it becomes a little addictive and you will need another one to follow up with. You may do a three-mile walk for charity and then find the ten-mile is the next step, or run half a marathon then go for the full marathon the next year. This way, you build upon your fitness goals gently over time.
Golden Rule 6: Find An Exercise Buddy
If your motivation to exercise is not strong, consider finding a buddy to run with or walk with. You will motivate each other and you are far more likely to stick to a plan that involves another person. Consider getting a canine buddy, dog walking is a wonderful way to commit to daily walking. The dog will not accept your excuses not to exercise with him/her.
Golden Rule 7: Build Exercise Into Your Social Life
Instead of meeting a friend for a coffee, meet up for a walk. Swap a night at the pub for a regular night bowling, skating or salsa dancing. Extend your circle of friends by joining a club that is focussed on exercise; there are running clubs, rambling/hiking clubs, rugby/football clubs, tennis/badminton clubs. This way you will gain the benefit of the exercise and the social aspect of the club too.
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Program your mind to enjoy exercise
Go to a quiet room where there are no distractions. Take a moment to get into a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus your attention on your breathing. Begin to breathe very slowly and deeply – in through your nose and out through your mouth. Make each circular breath long and deep and allow your mind to go blank. Continue this for a short while until all the tension disappears from your body, and your mind is still and quiet.
Once you feel relaxed and centred, begin to create your visualization. Imagine yourself participating in exercise and feel yourself really enjoying it. It is important to use your emotions here so that you anchor a strong sense of enjoyment into your unconscious mind. Maybe visualize yourself on a treadmill or rowing machine, practising yoga, playing tennis, cycling, jogging or whatever works for you. As you see yourself doing this activity, connect with a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment. Make the visualization clear and use your senses to create a realistic mental image. Take a little time and let your imagination go.
After you have fully entered your visualization, I want you to repeat the following affirmations to yourself ten times or more in a slow, rhythmical way, almost like a chant. Say them with real feeling. Draw the phrases deep inside as when you say them:
I love to exercise and keep fit
I believe in myself
I deserve to be fit and healthy
These affirmations are examples. Feel free to adapt them for your specific goals. You can even use the affirmations as a soundtrack to your visualization once you get the hang of it.
When you are ready, open your eyes and come back to full waking consciousness.
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