Sometimes it’s hard to get moving. Sometimes it’s hard to push yourself that extra inch, or even to get to the gym in the first place, so knowing how to psych yourself up for exercise and a better workout is key to making the most of your time and energy.
The next time you find yourself struggling to find the motivation, why not try one of these simple kick-starters:
Repeat your specific goal – both in your head and out loud. “I will lift ‘X’ kilograms” or “I will run on the treadmill for 45 minutes”. Write it down, post it on your bathroom mirror, or at your computer at work. The more you say it and see it, the more you’ll believe it and achieve it.
Add Some Colour
Try wearing something that’s either bright or black. The brain often associates shades of colors with different meanings: bold colors and black subconsciously heighten readiness and excitement. Dull, lighter colours unsurprisingly lead to a duller mood!
Get a Friend to Join You
Ask a friend or bunch of friends to join you at the gym. Your urge to impress them (or not look foolish) will boost your intensity. Having family or friends cheer you on helps you draw strength the way a team does from its fans.
“Bracing” is a technique where you tense your muscles, clench your teeth, and slap yourself on the thighs, shoulders, and arms to increase arousal. It stimulates the central nervous system and specifically improves lifting strength.
What have you got to lose?