The athletes that are preparing themselves for the London Olympics know all about brain training for physical fitness. They live and breathe trying to maintain the right Mindset for every single day of training and competing because they have to ask so much of their body to prepare and to compete at that level.
I’m not saying that you have to go to that level of training or competition but you can certainly use the power of your mind to improve your physical fitness regardless of what level you’re at.
Conditioning your mind to help you change something or achieve a goal uses the same principle as with everything a human does and that is habit.
It states in the dictionary that a habit is; “an acquired behaviour pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary”.
Physical fitness either has to be a natural desire for you or you have to make a habit out of it.
Follow these tips to help train your brain for physical fitness
- Get yourself a notepad and pen and write down what it is you want to achieve out of becoming more physically active. Keep the words you use positive!
- Now read your answers back to yourself and try to visualise them in your mind; what does that vision look like, how do you feel, are you indoors/outdoors, alone or with others?
- Now write down those visualisations and the attributes to each one so that you can refer back when you need to remember why you started on this path
- Write down a new step by step list of measurable (mini) goals that will let you know that you’re on the right track. Like ‘when I can fit back into my size 12 jeans’ or ‘when I can walk up the hill to collect the kids without being out of breath’
- Write at least 3 positive words to describe yourself once you have achieved these goals. Are you naturally more motivated, vivacious, healthy, physically stronger, more positive? What are your words, don’t cheat and steal mine unless this is how you truly expect to feel deep down.
- If you sway off track then what will you do to get yourself back on track? Write them down now and commit to engaging these safety tools if you need to.
The next phase is to get yourself some positive affirmations which you can say to yourself every day and really get your brain trained to motivate you to better physical fitness and health.
Here’s a few to get you going but they have to be real and personal to you so make up a couple of your own and start saying them every single day until you believe every word you’re telling yourself.
- I have the power to control my health
- I am strong, confident and amazing
- I value my body, my health and my fitness
- I deserve to take care of myself
- Workout time is a little bit of me time
Finally, the most important part of all habit forming, goal achieving and brain affirming things to do is take ACTION. On a film set, until the Director yells ‘Action’ no one moves, same thing with life; you’ve got to move into action to make ANYTHING happen!
So, get yourself a fitness routine together, doesn’t matter what, just do something where you move on a regular basis.
Here are a few ideas for you; for more workout ideas look through the blog or get in touch
- Walk – the dog, to the office, to the shops, up every flight of stairs, the kids to school, before work, after college, during your lunch break, alone, with a friend; whatever, just walk!
- Play tennis
- Join a bootcamp
- Do a home workout
- Join a fitness class
- Roller skate / blade
- Rock climb
“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” Mary Lou Retton (Gymnastics Champion)