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Looking For Motivation: Use Your Imagination

We all hit slumps, when we either don't want to exercise or working out just doesn't feel as good as it used to. When you hit the wall, using your imagination can help motivate you to get up and get moving.

Imagining your workout, be it running or rowing, activates the same part of your brain as actually doing the activity. Jumping into your workout is considerably less difficult when you harness this visualization. Picture yourself barreling up the hills then skipping down the other side, and your motivation will soon follow. Mentally reviewing the technique of your sport can help work out the kinks that are causing your discomfort or hurting your performance. Use your brain and get moving.

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darc5204 darc5204 7 years
I do that too, number6_ed. Imagining how I will look and feel after reaching my goals is a good motivator.
number6_ed number6_ed 7 years
When I'm feeling in a slump I imagine my desired end result. It can sometimes help me kick my butt into gear!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I'll have to try this.
fribblesandyoko fribblesandyoko 7 years
Sweet, just in time! This may actually make me go to the gym tomorrow :)
onthebus onthebus 7 years
Ugh. I'm in a slump right now. Thanks for the advice. :)
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
I do this. When I told a few people that I do this sometimes when I'm not feeling up to it I got some funny looks.
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