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How To Get Motivated For Weight Loss And Exercise

Jun 1, 2008
If you've made the difficult decision to take off some weight - congratulations! For most, making a pledge to their own well-being is the hardest aspect. But despite self-motivation, many people realize they do not know what exercises to incorporate for weight loss.

There are three key sorts of exercise: aerobic exercise, such as jogging; flexibility exercises, such as yoga and other forms of stretching; and strength training, including bodybuilding.

Aerobic and strength training will help you burn up the most calories. Since losing weight is dependent on either burning more calories or taking in less, it is best to focus on these initially to make sure your self motivation lasts as you drop pounds.

Typically, thirty minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week is ideal. Build the interval and frequency as you progress.

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

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

You must "tear down" the muscle so it can rebuild itself afterward. In fact, you do not create muscle during workouts but you do in the days after when it's "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 beginning your next set.

Don't be disappointed if you are not able to do all of the reps on every set. In fact, use that to gauge when to add weight. If you're doing each set without any muscle strain, you will want to add weight.

Self motivation got you to begin, 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 wouldn't feel motivated to eat.

Understanding what ideas motivate you is necessary to weight loss, because when you feel powerfully motivated, you will exercise without fail. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is a form of hypnosis. And there are NLP methods that can create 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 primary task is naming the most important things in your life. We call these things your highly valued criteria. Highly valued criteria are generally intangibles: money wouldn't be highly valued criteria, but the freedom, security or fun that money can provide would be.

Next, determine what you need to believe to feel highly motivated to exercise. It's necessary to bear in mind that logic has nothing to do with belief. Things do not have to be logical to believe them. You may find you already have a belief that goes against this new idea. That's okay.

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

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

You start by making an image 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 picture 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 alter the Submodalities of this mental image to match 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.

Hypnotherapy for motivation that uses NLP can provide you with something of an internal personal trainer. Using an exercise hypnosis motivation program ensures that the passion you started with stays until reaching your objective, and then helps you maintain that objective.
About the Author
Alan B. Densky, CH has specialized in all aspects of hypnotherapy weight loss, including NLP for exercise motivation CDs since 1978. Visit his Neuro-VISION self-improvement website to enjoy Free hypnosis newsletters, videos, and articles.
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