We’ve got to get ourselves to love exercise, and in my opinion, the only way to fall in love with exercise is to enjoy the exercises we choose to do. We are all so different. Unique individuals at various levels of age and fitness. The young folk have a huge choice when it comes to exercise but us guys who are more mature need to be careful and selective. (although, never forget that there is a chronological age and a biological age. Some folk are 20 going on 40 but others are 40 going on 20).
I love walking. Try and walk for 30-40 mins a day (extra). And I’ve just started running, but that’s still in its infancy. Still feel very heavy on my feet. My mini habit is to run 100 steps a day. Not up a hundred steps, but rather 100 steps up and down the driveway. Sometimes it’s a little further but never less than 100 steps. Non-negotiable. That’s me. You might like to cycle or swim or play tennis or golf, or, or, or … I also do a little gardening every day when the weather allows. Love being close to nature and the bending is good for flexibility and the carrying is good for strength, as is the pushing of the wheel barrow and the digging and raking and mowing.
I have an Ab Trimmer which I “play” on a number of times each day and I also do plank exercises whenever I think about it. Might just drop down and hold for 30 s or I might do a series one after the other. My mini habit is 2 mins on the Trimmer (at least and non-negotiable) and 3 plank holds of 30s (at least and non-negotiable). Also have a stationary exercise bike which I ride every single day. My mini habit here is 1 minute (at least and non-negotiable). Most days these mini habits stretch out but I make absolutely sure that each mini habit is completed every day.
Tummy tenses are one of my absolute favorites. You can do them anywhere and at anytime. Again this happens on the spur of the moment. Think to myself , “Oh tummy tensing time !” And then it’s a case of tensing the abs and holding for however long you wish to hold. You can be standing in line somewhere or sitting/lying in front of the telly, or lying in bed or going for a walk. The trick is to make it a habit. Must just become one of your powerful thoughts all through the day. Probably do tummy tenses at least 25 times a day !
And then I am always very aware of my posture. Tummy must be pulled in and no slouching allowed. Again this is a thought that arrives from nowhere – “Watch your posture. You’re slouching on that chair in front of the computer or you look like a sack of potatoes lying there in front of the television. Stand up straight and pull that tummy in.” these are great times to do a set or two of tummy tenses. All these powerful little thoughts need to be focused. Done over and over again. Repetition is the mother of skill ! Repetition creates a habit !
So these are just a few thoughts. Strong little bundles of thoughts. Positive thoughts need to be acted upon in such a way that they benefit us. When a negative thought arrives, use the Mind Slide Technique to eliminate it. Do you know what the slide technique is ?
Mind Slide Technique – Do you remember the old slide projectors ?
You can flick from one slide to the next. Now the Mind Slide Technique works in the same way. As soon as a negative thought descends on you, change the slide (negative) in your mind to another slide (positive). Ensure that you focus on a positive image. Eg. A thought image of “I’m such a fat slob” appears in your minds eye – change it immediately to a thought image of you looking fit and trim. And keep going to this image or any other image that makes you feel happy and confident. Be CREATIVE here.
The two images might not even relate to each other. Your positive image might be an image of your lovely girlfriend on the beach wearing her itzi bitzi teeny weeny bikini. That would fire you up.
And if you are of the female variety, you might think of your man with his six pack abs wearing his board shorts and lying on his surfboard with the sun on his back and the salty water dripping off him. That will get rid of that negative thought !
Please don’t take offense. I’m just trying to get a technique across to you all. The important thing is that you have a powerful image to change to when the negative image enters the beautiful garden of your mind. And as a human being , we can make our own choices as to what we want those positive images to be.
Just remember that it’s the repetition which is going to make us skillful at using this Mind Slide Technique. It’s very powerful. And one last thing, when the positive image starts to lose its gloss change it for another one. There are thousands of positive images in that computer which is your mind.
I hope you have found this article useful. Would love to hear your thoughts, opinions and experiences.
Roy Email me at: Bleddyn_Roy@yahoo.com