When top athletes enter the ring, many of them have practiced a widely respected mind game known as visualization. Either, due to the fact that they have been there before or because they have totally imagined the scenario and practiced their reactions, the act of visualization allows these athletes to perform under pressure with spectacular results. The same is true for women’s fitness, when you practice the art of visualization you can accelerate your workout to a whole new level.
If you are beginning a new exercise, visualize the muscle groups that will be used for this new move. Imagine the muscle stretching and working. As you exercise, your brain will send these messages to the muscles and they will react accordingly. The secret is to be honest during visualization. Imagine the moves as applied with your abilities and strengths. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t reach for the higher level when it comes to visualization.
The great news is that visualizing a good performance can help you achieve good results. For the brain, this act of visualization is almost the same as if you had actually done this task before. You imagine the exercise and the muscles being used and you imagine yourself doing all of the reps and sets suggested. If you visualize each step before actually executing these moves, your success rate will soar.
Visualization also works for sticking to your diet. Go deep into your imagination and uncover your reasons for changing your diet. Really visualize the transformation that you will make in your health, appearance, strength and happiness. Practice this regularly and dieting should not be a problem. You’ll convince your brain to adapt to the diet and that’s half the battle when it comes to dieting.
The art of visualization, along with daily affirmations are instrumental in my strife for the next level in women’s fitness. I use it regularly and I can say it really does work. I always imagine and visualize each new move and have found it makes it much easier and far more effective.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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