Motivation Psychology For Weight Loss And Exercise

Motivation Psychology For Weight Loss And Exercise
By: Alan B. Densky, CH

If you\'ve made the decision to get some weight off - congratulations! For many people, making a commitment to their own well-being is the most difficult part. But in spite of self-motivation, many people realize they don\'t know what exercises to perform for rapid weight loss.

There are three main sorts of exercise: aerobic exercise, such as biking or running; flexibility exercises, such as yoga and other forms of stretching; and strength training, such as bodybuilding.

Aerobic and strength training will help you burn the most calories. Since weight loss depends on either burning more calories or taking in less, it\'s best to concentrate on these at first to ensure your self motivation remains as you lose weight.

Typically, 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week is best. Increase the interval and frequency as you advance.

But many people whose self-motivation has encouraged them to begin an exercise for weight loss program neglect the importance of strength training. Aerobic exercise burns more calories in the beginning, but weight lifting increases muscle mass, and muscle burns more calories than fat. A pound of muscle needs 35 calories per day to function at rest; a pound of fat needs only two calories for the same function.

The fitness consensus used to tell us that to \"build\" muscle, you should use fewer reps (3-5) at higher weights, and to simply \"tone,\" higher reps (12-15) at lower weights was best. But there\'s no such thing as \"toning.\" Definition that results from what is wrongly called toning happens because you have lost the layer of fat on top of the muscle, making the muscle more visible. The size of the muscle underneath depends on how strenuously you train.

You must \"tear down\" the muscle so it can rebuild itself afterward. In fact, you don\'t build muscle while pumping iron but you do in the days afterward when the muscle is \"resting.\" The general rule for strength training is beginning with three sets of 8-12 reps at a weight that leaves you almost incapable of doing the entire set. Then, rest for 30-60 seconds before attempting your next set.

Don\'t be disheartened if you\'re unable to accomplish all of the reps on every set. In fact, use that to determine when to add weight. If you\'re doing each set without any muscle strain, you will want to add weight.

Self motivation helped you to start, but many people have a difficult time maintaining the pace. It helps to know that the source of our motivations is a belief. Think about it: If you didn\'t believe the gnawing sensation in your stomach meant you were hungry, you would not feel motivated to eat.

Learning what ideas motivate you is essential to losing weight, because when you feel powerfully motivated, you will exercise regularly. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is a form of self-hypnosis. And there are NLP methods that can build exercise motivation because, over time, desire to exercise for weight loss alone probably will not be enough to keep you going. Exercise hypnosis motivation therapy can help.

Your initial task is naming the most important things in your life. We call these things your highly valued criteria. Highly valued criteria are customarily intangibles: money would not be highly valued criteria, but the security, freedom or fun that money can buy would be.

Next, establish what you need to believe to feel motivated to exercise. It is necessary to keep in mind that logic has nothing to do with belief. Things don’t have to be logical to believe them. You may find you already have a belief that conflicts this new idea. That’s okay.

While understanding what motivates us is important, hypnosis exercise motivation therapy can put these ideas to work by ensuring self motivation lasts. Hypnosis for motivation does this by modifying the computer codes in your brain, so you believe thoughts that motivate you.

Belief systems are based in our unconscious mind, which is like a computer. Computers don\'t have any capacity to reason. The input controls the output. The methods used in exercise hypnosis motivation therapy can make you believe nearly anything, as long as you\'re willing to believe.

You start by making a picture in your mind that illustrates something you already believe, such as, \"I love my children.\" Then you learn to calibrate the elements or \'Submodalities\' of that mental belief picture.

Next, you make a mental movie that illustrates your motivational idea. Let\'s say your motivational idea is, \"If I exercise, then I\'ll look great and my marriage will improve.\" Then you learn how to adjust the Submodalities of this mental image to correspond with the Submodalities in your calibrated belief picture. Conversely, if a belief is holding you back, the same technique can change that belief to doubt.

Self hypnosis for motivation that uses NLP can provide you with something of an internal personal motivator. Using an exercise hypnosis motivation program ensures that the zeal you began with remains until reaching your objective, and then helps you maintain that objective.

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Alan B. Densky, CH has specialized in all aspects of weight loss through hypnosis, including NLP for exercise motivation CDs since 1978. Visit his Neuro-VISION self hypnosis website to have the benefit of Free hypnosis newsletters, articles, and videos.
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