How Visualization Can Improve Your Workout
If you are new to exercise, you may not realize it yet, but the ultimate key to success is to constantly push for more. Fitness is all about overcoming plateaus and pushing yourself beyond what you could do yesterday. Setting goals is an important part of this process, but if you really want to achieve those goals you will want to work on visualization.
Visualization helps people to get a really clear picture of where they want to go. More importantly, it helps to instill the belief that they can actually achieve their goals. Beyond the power of the body, the human mind is capable of extraordinary feats, so if you want to get the most out of your workouts it is important to practice regular visualization of the outcome. This will help push you in the right direction, and encourage you to keep going when things get tough. After all, you've seen yourself get there.
To really make this work for you, practice putting yourself into the actual situation. A marathon runner might take the time to see him/herself crossing the finish line, imagining the feeling of accomplishment, the soreness in their legs, and hearing the applause of the onlookers. True visualization is all about putting yourself completely into the situation. This helps make it seem real to your subconscious mind and pushes you towards achieving it.
One of the best ways to start utilizing visualization in your workout is to create workout goals to help you reach your peak potential. Start out with something that will push you but is still manageable. As part of your visualization, plan ahead for the end of your routine and see yourself actually completing it. If you want to double the amount of running, push ups, sit-ups, or whatever other exercise, actually see yourself doing it. This visualization helps to push you in the right direction.
Ultimately, there is no substitute for hard work and sweat, but visualization can help push you through those times you think you just can't go any harder. Remember, the human mind is capable of extraordinary things, so use yours to inspire you and help you move forward. If you can visualize it, you can achieve it.
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