(CARLSBAD, CA) – The power of positive thinking . . . you’ve heard the phrase before. Whether it’s landing a new job, making a solid first impression on your boyfriend’s parents, or resolving a conflict with your siblings, the notion of thinking positively to produce great results is nothing new to western civilization.
But something new about positive thinking has come about in the fitness industry. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conducted a study with women of varying ages who used positive thinking in their workouts. The study results showed that women who believed they could endure a high-intensity workout experienced less soreness and fatigue during their exercise regimen.
A simple mindset adjustment can enable you not only to complete a workout, but also to do it with a gusto! Judi Sheppard Missett, founder and CEO of Jazzercise, Inc., has been choreographing and developing all-around workouts for more than four decades. She offers a few tips for using positive thinking in your workout routine:
Visualize your victory. Picture yourself completing a tough athletic task, such as doing 12 full-body push-ups or running an extra mile. Create a vision of success in your mind, and then make it a reality.
Reflect on past success. When you’re getting ready to try something new in your workout, take a moment to think about the last time you mixed up your fitness regimen. Remember that you didn’t fall into a helpless heap, but you made it to the finish line, and felt great doing it. This will give you the inspiration to carry on in your new endeavor.
Prep for success. Take preliminary steps to ensure your success. Is your goal to run a 5K? Then start by running shorter distances, talking to a running coach, maybe joining a track club. Combine smart strategy with your positive thinking to increase the odds of your workout success.
Do something you enjoy. It’s pretty tough to be positive about participating in a triathlon if you hate to run, swim, and cycle. Instead of tackling something you disdain, consider upping your workout intensity in an activity that you already enjoy. Or try something new that you think you may like.
Whatever fitness path you choose, you hold a greater power than you may have realized to be successful in your workout routine. Think you can do it, and you probably can.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.