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Practicing mental imagery, or visualization, is a game changer for an active lifestyle. Professional athletes use it all the time – so can you! It can increase strength, confidence, and results by activating the same neural pathways as actual movement.
Here are some of my tips:
1. Set realistic goals based on your current skill level: Don’t expect that mental imaginery will get you into a yoga handstand if you’ve never been to yoga. Start with experiences you know well and can pull from. Then, visualize yourself taking it one step further.
2. Always imagine yourself successful. Constantly reinforce the positive to build confidence that becomes automatic.
3. Use all your senses: Feel your chest moving with your breath, smell the sweat, and so on.
4. Visualize the person you would like to become as a result of exercise.
I like to take 3-10 deep breathes before or during a workout where I visualize myself performing at my best or slightly better than last time. Then I crush it like a ninja!
Do you use mental imagery? Leave a reply below!