Have you ever noticed a waning in your motivation right prior to leaving for the gym? Deep down, you know that you will be happy that you worked out, rather than sitting here on your butt. However, your mind starts rolling over all of the reasons you shouldn’t go to the gym. It conjures up a bunch of excuses and other obligations that you could take care of rather than going to the gym. So you begin to believe your mind. After all, it makes everything seem so logical.
You miss your scheduled workout and go about doing whatever monotonous task you felt was so much more important. Then, like your worst enemy, your brain starts sending messages about how you should have gone and exercised, it gets transfixed on this and soon you begin experiencing feelings of guilt and remorse for having skipped the gym.
Your brain is the most complex organ in your body. Weighing in at about 3 pounds for an average adult, it requires nearly 20% of the body’s oxygen and blood flow. Your brain has the ability to make you feel great or to cause you to take to your bed in pain and illness. The wonderful thing about this mix of gray and white matter is that you can manage the messages that your brain is sending by controlling the stimuli that you feed it.
If you could harness the brain’s energy you could power a 10-watt light bulb. Consisting of 100 billion neurons and capable of more ideas than the number of atoms in the universe. The brain is one of the most important organs we have, too.
Begin each day with positive affirmations; speak appreciatively of all that you have received and all that you have to offer. Next, envision the exercise that you will be participating in. Imagine the muscles that will be worked during the exercise, allow yourself to visualize those muscles. Concentrate on how the workout will benefit them. Breathe in and out, doing the exercise in your mind.
Do you have some good affirmations for exercise of your own? Share them with us and our readers in the comments space below:
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