Every morning when I arise, I start my day with affirmations. These positive declarations help to train my brain, much like exercise trains my muscles. And just like a well-toned muscle, this mental exercise trains my brain for success.
Affirmations give my mind a path to follow, these little declarations for success command my brain to plot a course of action.
So how does all of this fit in to a women’s fitness program? Affirmations play a powerful role in helping women reach their fitness goals. The more positive the affirmation—the better the results. However, there is one catch…
You see, affirmations are more than just telling yourself that you are going to do something. In order for them to really work, you must believe in the affirmation. You must believe with your mind and heart that you can and will accomplish this affirmation. But that should not restrict the level of your commitment. In other words don’t just choose something easy to affirm to.
Affirmations should challenge you to a task. They should help you to work towards goals that you seek for yourself. This is important because only your goals will work for you, not the goals someone else seeks for you.
Each day or each week, concentrate on a different area of your life that you would like to improve. If there is a food that you want to abolish from your diet, use your affirmations to rid yourself of the desire for that food. If you need help getting through your exercise routine, choose affirmations that energize and strengthen your spirit.
If you aren’t sure about saying affirmations there are a few sample affirmations below to help you get started.
I eat 5 to 7 servings of vegetables each day.
I always eat a low fat sensible breakfast.
I am losing weight by cutting down on calories.
I love to exercise.
When I finish exercising I feel strong, confident and on top of the world.
I love the way exercise affects my body.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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