Mindset plays an enormous role when it comes to physical exercise. Try out these top tips to ensure you dominate your next workout.
Before attempting any big lift, try and picture yourself completing it—and mime the steps involved in the movement. Visualization is key, visualizing your goal can boost your actual performance by 45 percent, finds a study in Behavioral and Brain Functions.
Having commitment issues? The key is to eliminate your excuses for skipping the gym. Pack your gym bag for tomorrow’s workout before you go to bed tonight. Researchers in Georgia say sorting out your gear in advance makes you 40 percent more likely to hit the gym.
Having an opponent in the gym can significantly increase your performance. A healthy competition can push you to work extra hard, says research from New York University. For example, see the guy on the treadmill next to you? Make sure he doesn’t beat you!
Start your workout with the exercise you dread the most, get it out the way early so you can focus the rest of your session. By leaving it until later in your workout, you’ll unwittingly skip reps on easier moves in order to save energy for your nemesis, finds a study from Indiana University.
A common reason for loss of motivation when it comes to training is sluggish progress, or what people think is sluggish progress… remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Forget setting a grand goal. Instead of vowing to lose 20 pounds, just make it 2—and build from there. Short-term goals result in a great chance of physical improvement, says a University of Alabama study.
Generally speaking, it is easier for an individual to stay on track with a fitness regime first thing in the morning because there is less time for family, evening plans, commuting, late nights in the office, and other distractions to get in the way. Fatigue from a long day can also lead to skipped evening workouts.
An important factor that needs to be considered when looking to speed up your metabolism is of course meal portions.