We’ve all been there. That moment when you think I need to stop, I can’t run any farther, I can’t do one more rep or I absolutely have to have that cookie! These are natural feelings and the reason we have trainers to make us do one more rep. But the mind is a powerful thing. Through research and my own trial and error I have found some very successful techniques mind tricks that help me muster up the motivation to go the extra mile, pun intended!
The ski rope – Remember those ski ropes that would pull you up the bunny hill? It sounds ridiculous (and probably looks like it too) but imagine yourself pulling up one of these ski ropes when you are running up-hill. Lean forward and reach for a rope directly in front of you and one hand at a time “pull” yourself up. Not only do you trick your mind that your body is getting help, you also become fixated on this image and forget your running all together.
The sick and twisted combo – Let’s say you get that old familiar desire for chocolate ice cream. Imagine yourself eating it topped with something you absolutely loathe like say, olives. VOILA, craving gone!
In the now – Concentrate on what you are doing at the moment. Don’t let your mind wander. You will start worrying about something you have to do later and convince yourself it is more important than your workout.
Play time – Turn your workout into a game. Watch a program on TV and sprint every other commercial. This is a fun way to do interval training which is one of, if not the, best calorie burning cardio you can do.
Come up with your own mind tricks to cure workout boredom, insatiable cravings, midnight snacking, or to ramp up your workout.