“Yes!” you might be thinking…
“I love having the TV! It keeps me going and keeps my mind off the pain so I can get through this dreaded workout.”
But here’s the problem… Are you happy with the results?
Do you feel as though you are getting the full benefit of your workout?
Or are you perhaps just a teensy bit frustrated because you go to the gym diligently 3 to 5 times a week and the weight is just not coming off fast enough…
If that’s the case, I have an answer for you: Stop watching TV while you workout!
You see the Television is the culprit here.
When you focus on the screen and not on your workout, you tend to exercise at a much lower intensity. So rather than helping you get through your workout the television is in fact robbing you of the results you deserve and desperately crave.
You see the secret to a highly effective workout is in what I call “Mind Body Connection“: When you focus on the activity you are involved in and really think about the results you want to achieve your entire body is involved in the transformation.
Trust me on this — You will see results much faster from an intense 15 minute workout, with your mind fully focused on what you are doing than you will from a 1 hour jog on the treadmill watching “The View” or the latest episode of “Days of our Lives”.
The power of the mind when it comes to physical transformation is truly amazing!
Have you ever watched a professional athlete or Olympian prepare for their game or routine? They tend to close their eyes and go through the motions, visualizing the perfect execution of every single movement, committing this performance to memory and muscle memory.
Brain studies now reveal that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions, so in combining thoughts with actions you are getting maximum benefits.
Here’s an example of how this works, using one of my favorite BURST workouts which focusses on the buttocks.
Before you get started, visualize the results you are seeking, in this case a tone, sculpted and perky rear end.
As you execute each exercise engage your mind as much as you engage your muscles in everything that you do. So if you are engaging your glutes, hamstrings and quads, feel that intense contraction and relish the burn in your thighs and butt. See the gorgeous definition you seek and “watch” the transformation take place. And feel your muscles elongate, tone, sculpt.
Ready to test out this concept?
- Get rid of all distractions (television, magazine…)
- Choose your favorite workout (pleasure is another key to success)
- Visualize the results that you want
- Focus intensely and go for it!
Have you ever applied the “Mind-Body Connection” to your fitness routine? Do you have a powerful tip to share with us?