Flabby Abs Beware

Friday, February 5, 2010

I just read a great tip that I thought I'd pass along. The article I read was sort of about keeping New Year's resolutions, but it really deals with forming healthy habits any time of year.

They key is to become emotionally attached to your goal. Don't just say "I'm going to lose 20 lbs." Think about how you'll feel when you're you're that much lighter. Think about what you'll be able to do or do better when that load is lifted, such as run up the stairs, fit into a beautiful dress, touch your toes, prevent a disease, run a 5K, enjoy people's company without giving any thought to how you look, etc.

When you do work out or eat healthfully, think about how great you feel afterwards. How your lungs expand to capacity and your muscles push out against your skin. You enjoy a greater awareness of your body's capabilities. Think of how your skin pinkens and your blood pumps like brand new.

Take this tip to another level with active visualization. I've been reading a lot lately about how the world's highest achievers, including Olympic athletes, have a visualization habit in common. Before competitions, they visualize participating and completing their sport with a flawless, victorious ending. Create a vision board, write a letter to yourself, or create an "achievement" journal. Every one of these things connects you emotionally to your body and goals. It becomes increasingly difficult to quit when you've become emotionally attached to your goals.

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