Saturday, August 2, 2008

Mind Body Connection, And Your Fitness Goals

The majority of people think that all they have to do is show up in the gym, do some exercises and they will get the body they desire. I watch these people go year after year to the gym with no noticeable changes.

Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the mind body connection. Most people look at working out as a chore and will look for any excuse to get out of it, or they just go through the motions when exercising.

Your probably asking yourself what do i mean by going through the motions isn't that the point of working out, moving something ?.

Well you get out of bed every mourning, eat food every day. These are simple motions or task that anyone can do without any degree of difficulty. Rarely do you ever see anyone fail to be able to do a simple task in life because it requires no great effort in mind, body, or serous commitment.

Now how many people have you seen fail on a diet ?
Fail to build lean muscle on a exercise plan ?

Millions fail, even though they attempted to do so with all the best intentions, so why do they fail ?.

It all comes down to the mind body connection.

I hate to break the news to you but getting in shape is tough, takes a lot of discipline, hard work, and conviction. If it didn't everyone would be in shape, it requires the proper mind set to take your body to another level. Saying no to eating certain foods, and have a never quit attitude when things get tough.

When faced with a difficult task like altering your body, you can find a 100 reason, or a thousand excuses as to why you didn't achieve your fitness goal. If you believe in them, you have just sold yourself short.

To Believe Is To Achieve

To truly understand this watch the picture Rudy, he refused to believe that he couldn't realize his dream, and when faced with failure he didn't quit but worked harder. That's the mind set it takes to achieve your fitness goals.

Pure Desire, See It , Feel it , Taste it, Want It !

The simple act of attempting something never means you will achieve your end goal without pure desire.

How many times have you started something in your life and never finished it ?.

How many times have you attempted something and failed, vowing not to attempt it again ?

How many times have you said to yourself, well i guess its wasn't meant for me ?

How many times have you said, i cant do that ?

How many times have you said, i will do it tomorrow ?

Failure Is Not An Option !

Each and every time you start your work out you should approach it with the attitude and intensity that your life depended on it, simply because it actually does !

I listen to people who are overweight, or just out of shape. They tire easily saying they don't have the energy, or time to exercise. Energy is created, and we all have 24 hours in a day. They only lack proper focus and commitment ( proper mind body connection ). What could possibly be more important then your youth, vitality,longevity and quality of life ?.

Exercise can increase your levels of endorphins, a feel-good chemical that can help you relax and feel more excited about life in general

Have you ever heard the term used being in the zone ?. This is an exercise state of mind when your body is releasing high levels of the feel good endorphins. People think im nuts when i tell them about this, but trust me its the greatest high your body will ever experience. Greater then sex, alcohol or drugs !

Beware it is very addictive LOL

Lets Look At Desire and Conviction:

Scientists say that the chemical dopamine is very important when it comes to habits. Dopamine teaches our brain what it wants and then propels us to get it. Dopamine doesn't distinguish between good habits and bad habits.

Dopamine influences memory, desire, decision making. We know that dopamine is stimulated by learning in the brain. If something unexpected happens, the dopamine learning circuits are engaged. They are in essence telling us to get what you need, to break this cycle of bad habits we need to encourage new habits.

Eating a healthy diet, and following and maintaining a proper exercise plan has to become a habit. Bad habits can be traded for good habits with desire and conviction.

Proper Mind Set !

Poor emotional health can weaken your body's immune system, making you more likely to get colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times.

I personally believe i cant get sick, and i don't.

Cortisol prepares our body to confront a threat, for example by raising our heart rate and increasing blood flow to the extremities. It also triggers the release of neurotransmitters called catecholamines, in particular, epinephrine, better known as adrenalin.

Next time you are working out think about something that gets you mad, your blood pumping. I personally use the Rocky theme music, once i turn on my music its time to go to work. Then i use that adrenalin to push myself to that next level.

Stop Negative Thoughts

Chronic stress can reduce levels of serotonin, which can cause depression, anxiety and carbohydrate cravings. It can result in hypertension, which can constrict blood vessels and overstress the heart. It can cause increased susceptibility to illness and infection by lowering white blood cell counts.

It can also result in gastrointestinal problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut syndrome, which can adversely affect energy level, metabolism, and diet.

As you can see proper mind set is critical for your over all health.

So pick yourself up, write down your short term and long term fitness goals on a piece of paper. Attach a picture of someone your would like to resemble fitness wise to the paper. Write on that paper in bold letters at the top, Failure is not an option. And i can do this.

Post it on your refrigerator, and look at it every day and read the top line every morning.

Failure Is Not An Option, And I can Do This !

P.S. What do you do to motivate you ?

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