3 Sneaky Ways to Make Exercise Stick with Hypnosis

3 Sneaky Ways to Make Exercise Stick with Hypnosis

Ditch the “Next Year” Hype with these 3 Sneaky Ways to Make Exercise Stick with Hypnosis (and Actually Enjoy It!) .

Alright, let’s do this, confess time. How many of us have uttered the magical words “Next year, I’m losing 10 kilograms!” with unwavering conviction? We all know the drill: February (because let’s be honest, January is for recovering from the holidays) starts strong, maybe even March… then the struggle bus rolls in. Suddenly, that daily exercise routine feels like a punishment, not a path to a healthier you. The guilt monster rears its ugly head, whispering things like, “Why can’t you just stick to your plan?” And before you know it, you’re back at square one, vowing “next year will be different.”

Sound familiar? Yeah, we’ve all been there. But what if I told you there’s a way to break this cycle? A way to make exercise, or I rather like calling it, “movement”, not just bearable, but something you might even – dare I say it – enjoy?

Now, I’m a big believer in the power of James Clear’s “Atomic Habits.” It’s a fantastic book, and I recommend it to many of my Hypnosis clients. But let’s be honest, sometimes even the best advice gets stuck in the “procrastination pit” of our brain. That’s where hypnosis comes in. We can bypass that conscious struggle and work directly with your subconscious mind to make exercise a natural part of your routine. No more dragging yourself out of bed feeling like a martyr!

Here’s the thing: exercise shouldn’t feel like punishment. It should be a celebration of your awesome body! So, let’s ditch the outdated mentality and sneak some sneaky ninja moves to make exercise stick:

1. Stacking Habits: The Coffee Connection:

We all have those daily routines that run on autopilot – the morning coffee ritual, the post-work wind-down. Let’s piggyback on those! Instead of jumping straight from bed to coffee, add your exercise clothes to the mix. Get up, throw on your workout gear, then make that glorious cup of coffee. This simple step creates a chain reaction – your brain starts associating coffee with exercise, making the transition smoother. You’re not adding a new task; you’re simply reshuffling the existing ones.

2. Pleasure Power:

Remember that dopamine hit you get from a delicious coffee? Let’s use that to our advantage! Pair your exercise with something you already enjoy. Love listening to podcasts or rocking out to a killer playlist? Take your earphones with you! This creates a positive association with exercise – your brain is like, “Hey, this exercise thing isn’t so bad after all. I get to listen to my favorite podcast too!” Before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to that endorphin rush and your daily dose of entertainment.

3. The Sneak Attack:

Okay, this one might sound a little strange, but hear me out. We’re all creatures of habit – sometimes a little too much. Let’s use that to our advantage! Say you usually watch a specific show in the evening. Instead of plopping straight on the couch, do a quick 10-minute burst of exercise beforehand. Maybe some jumping jacks, a brisk walk, or some bodyweight squats. By the time your show starts, you’ll be slightly out of breath, but you’ll have snuck in some exercise without even realizing it! You’re not breaking your routine; you’re simply adding a healthier twist.

Bonus: Theme Time!

Now, some folks might be thinking, “But what about goals? Don’t I need a specific target weight or number of gym sessions per week?” Here’s the thing: goals can be fantastic motivators, but sometimes they can also feel overwhelming and lead to discouragement if we don’t hit them exactly. That’s why I love the concept of having a guiding theme instead. Think of it like a compass – it points you in the right direction without getting bogged down in specifics.

So, instead of fixating on a weight loss number, choose a theme like “movement.” This opens up a world of possibilities! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from the store, or do some jumping jacks while waiting for the kettle to boil. Every little bit counts! By focusing on the process of incorporating movement into your daily routine, you’ll start to find enjoyment in the act of moving itself. This shift in perspective can be incredibly powerful. The weight loss, increased energy, and overall fitness will likely follow naturally as a happy consequence of making movement a joyful part of your life.

So now we’ve talked about how to integrate movement, or exersice, into your daily routine with clever tricks, but what if you could create a lasting shift in your relationship with exercise altogether? That’s where hypnosis comes in. Traditional methods often rely on conscious willpower, which can be a fickle friend. Hypnosis, however, bypasses that struggle and taps directly into your unconscious mind – the part that drives your habits and motivations. Remember how we mentioned feeling like exercise is a punishment? Hypnosis can help rewrite that script at a subconscious level. Hypnosis can help create those positive connections and dismantle any lingering resistance you might have towards exercise. By working with your unconscious mind, you can turn these sneaky exercise hacks into automatic behaviors, making movement a natural and enjoyable part of your life, not just a temporary fix.  Below is some points on how hypnosis can help.

The Power of Hypnosis to make exercise stick:

Supercharge your exercise journey. Here’s how:

  • Reprogramming Negative Beliefs: Many people have limiting beliefs about exercise, like “I’m not good at working out” or “Exercise is boring.” Hypnosis can help identify and replace these negative beliefs with empowering ones, such as “I’m capable of achieving my fitness goals” or “Exercise makes me feel energized and confident.”

  • Boosting Motivation: Let’s face it, sometimes we all need a little nudge to get moving. Hypnosis can help increase your intrinsic motivation for exercise. By visualising yourself reaching your fitness goals and feeling the positive effects of exercise, you’ll be more likely to lace up your sneakers and hit the gym.

  • Building Confidence: Feeling self-conscious at the gym? Hypnosis can help build your confidence and self-belief when it comes to exercise. You’ll walk into the gym feeling empowered and ready to take on any workout.

  • Reducing Exercise Anxiety: For some people, the thought of exercise can trigger anxiety. Hypnosis can help address this anxiety and create a more positive association with exercise.

  • Improving Mind-Body Connection: Hypnosis can help you develop a stronger mind-body connection. This can be particularly beneficial for activities like yoga or Pilates, where focusing on your breath and body movements is key.

These are just a few sneaky ways to make exercise a natural part of your life. Remember, consistency is key.

So, if you’re tired of the yo-yo cycle of exercise and ready to make a lasting change, consider incorporating hypnosis into your routine. It can be the missing piece that helps you unlock your inner fitness rockstar!

Genine, a passionate Clinical Hypnotherapist, specialising in anxiety and stress therapy. Her personal journey overcoming anxiety, combined with her corporate and leadership background, drives her to use techniques like NLP and Coaching to empower others in their mental health journey. With a highly effective anxiety program, Genine offers a supportive space for individuals seeking help.

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