People struggling with weight problems often have trouble making themselves motivated to exercise; they’re making excuses when they should exercise, although they know that physical activity is also required when they’re trying to lose weight, alongside sticking to their diet plan. They even sometimes go to the gym with the idea that they want to exercise, but when they get there, their excitement gets lost.
Even the people who don’t have a weight problem, but would like to be fit and healthier, can have this problem with wanting to exercise, knowing that it’s good for them – but they still can’t make themselves go through with it.
Visualizing yourself exercising is a mental training that you can perform in order to get used to the idea that regular physical activity is something that your body loves, and something that will also make you feel good about yourself, even before the results start showing: knowing that you’re actively helping your body is a powerful motivator, that will only keep getting stronger as you continue to work out.
If you haven’t done so yet, we also recommend that before you start with this visualization, you read our article How to visualize and other articles listed in the core section about visualization and law of attraction to get a better idea on why these steps are important for successful visualizing.
This visualization has for a goal to help you depict the image of you working out (running, weight lifting, doing ab crunches or push ups – whatever you want to do) and feeling happy about it, so that the next time you’re thinking about going to the gym, you actually go, do the exercises and enjoy them.
- Specify your goal. You should be specific about the type of exercise you want to carry out before you start visualizing yourself doing it, and about the amount of time you want to spend doing it, daily and weekly.
- Choose at least one image to keep in your mind before you start visualizing. The image should represent you in the gym or on a running track, or wherever you plan to exercise. Lets pretend that you chose to run in the park with your friend.
- Set a schedule and find a quiet place for your visualization. Visualizations should be repeated daily, so it’s best to set a schedule and stick to it. It should be some time of the day when you know that no one will disturb you.
Steps to loving to exercise visualization:
- Relax. Sit in a comfortable position, or lay down (but not too comfortably, you don’t want to fall asleep). Focus on your breathing and slowly count to ten.
- Break visualization down into senses. You’re in the park and your friend is running next to you. Look around you, are there many trees, are there other people running or walking? What is the color of your sweatshirt? What is your friend wearing? She is saying something to you, what is it? Can she catch breath? Listen to the parents calling their children in the park, listen to your feet on the ground. Now introduce the touch: is your sweatshirt already wet, are you hot? Feel your muscles as you run, the wind around you. Then drink some water from that bottle in your hand – how refreshing is it? Can you smell the leaves?
- Third person view. Look at you and your friend running, like you’re someone else who is just passing by. How do you look, is she tired, look at you changing direction a bit to let the kids on the bicycles pass. See how you’re running smoothly, there’s no sign of fatigue on your face.
- First person view. Now get into your body and feel your legs moving to catch the next step, your arms following them; you are a bit tired, but you’re enjoying this feeling, you feel your blood circulating and your heart beating faster to support your body’s needs. You’re almost finished, and you’re smiling inside because you’re doing a great thing for your health. You know that you’ll be tired, but it won’t last – you’re already more energetic and stronger, and you are so proud of yourself because you know you’ll keep doing this. You’re in full control of your body – feel and enjoy it for a few minutes.
- Wrapping it up. Reach the end of your running track and let the image slowly fade away.
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