Are you trying to lose weight, get into better physical shape, boost your mood or get your heart beating faster? Nothing beats exercise. If "thinking about starting" to exercise, is as far as you have gotten in actually getting started, hypnosis can be a great motivator to get you going.
If you have read this blog for a while, you have seen reports on some of the research about the value of exercise. A study done in the U.K. reviewed several years of health research and found that just 30 minutes of exercise on most days decreases the risk of depression, heart disease, obesity, certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes.
It helps to plan in advance what type of exercise you plan to do. And, be specific so your goals are measurable. For example in planning a walk or run:
1. WHEN will you exercise? A specific time helps. Rather than thinking, "I need to exercise.", think, "I will walk four mornings a week from 9:00 till 9:30".
2. Be specific about WHERE you will exercise. If you enjoy nature, your goal may be to walk in the park or nature trail. If you don't like to get too cold, or too hot, grab a mile at the mall. Most mornings, the mall is still relatively empty.
3. Set GOALS for distance. If you walk at a brisk pace for 15 minutes you should have walked about one mile. A pedometer is a great way to keep track of your distance. One mile is about 2,000 steps. Health experts recommend 10,000 steps a day.
4. TRACK your progress. Write down your accomplishments in a log. Draw a happy face on the calendar when you finish your work out. The reason children like gold starts is that they are motivating!
Your exercise goals may include home equipment, videos, a class or going to the gym. When you go to a hypnotherapist for exercise motivation know WHAT you want to do for exercise, WHEN you want to do it, WHERE you plan to do it, For HOW long you plan to do and WHY you want to exercise. Clear goals can be incorporated into your hypnosis session to make it strong and personalized for you.
If you've decided, ""It's time!", hypnosis can be a valuable tool for you to to be motivated to exercise and BE WELL.