Imagery Helps Conquer the Gym Blues

Imagine yourself conquering the gym. British scientists found that using your senses to paint the right mental images can help drive you to the gym and rev up your workout.

Appearance Imagery

The desire for a healthier, more toned body is one of the primary reasons people start working out., says study author Damian Stanley, Ph.D. So visualize a slimmer, fitter you before starting a workout or while planning a new routine.

When to use it: Before you begin a new exercise plan.

Enjoyment Imagery

Dreading the treadmill? Picture a previous workout you genuinely enjoyed, or imagine trying a new form of exercise and loving it. While you’re belt, think about what you’ll be doing later and how satisfied you’ll feel after finishing.

When to use it: when you’re unmotivated.

Technique Imagery

Mentally rehears every part of an exercise you wnat to learn or perform better. Visualize yourself executing perfect, controlled form and body placement.

When to use it: Between intervals or sets of a new exercise

Energy Imagery

As you run or cycle, imagine moving explosively to invigorating music to help energize your muscles.

When to use it: During an especially tough workout.
Speak to your Sheddon Physiotherapist and learn the best way to comply to your workout schedule. Contact us at (905) 845-4576

By Dana Clark