Trick your brain to love exercise

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This blog will outline how you can trick your brain into enjoying exercise.  If you are hit with lethargy at 6am when you feel you ‘should’ be exercising but feel too exhausted.  I have a few tips and thoughts on how you can truly enjoy your own personalised exercise routine.

Learn how to love exercise by tricking your brain!

I love to exercise but I didn’t start like that. I used to hate it.  I have a few tricks you can use to change your attitude towards exercising and have you grabbing your trainers and go out for a run or a Zumba class quicker than you can say ‘cuppa tea and settee’. What do you think? interested?  read on

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Just do it! as Nike says or in other words make it an unconscious response

You are heading home from work, exhausted.  You are in a bad mood because someone has annoyed you and you have been self-medicating on chocolate and cake somebody brought into the office or toddler group.  So your plan is to go to the gym after work or when hubby gets home. But …

But you find yourself thinking ‘naaaa’ I will go tomorrow.

You know if you put it off you will be even harder to make that decision to go tomorrow.

The reason you do this is that subconsciously you don’t see exercise as anything to look forward to, you don’t want to do it you feel you HAVE to do it.  Asking your inner teenager that you HAVE to do something isn’t going to work. So your brain puts a distraction in the way before you even get to the gym.

Your clever brain is naturally tuned in to minimise your effort UNLESS you have a perceived reward on the other end of the exercise routine. You are programmed to avoid effort, we all are, so how do you get around this?

REFRAME: your exercise goal is your reward

Counter the idea of hating exercise and the ‘threat’ of exercise, or having to do it, by thinking of the reward. The dream board comes to your thoughts, the gorgeous booty that is going to parade on the dance floor this summer holiday.  Those shorts you ARE going to wear in Majorca.  Instead of thinking of the gym or class which is YUCK think of your booty in those hot pants. Keep your eye on your end goal, your reward.

Don’t fight with your inner teenage

Don’t fight your inner teenager because simply put you won’t win.  Or if you do you will be so mentally exhausted that it really wasn’t worth the mental effort. Instead, tell your inner teenager she is going to look ‘sassy’, gorgeous, a small effort in the gym which will take an hour or so is going to last a long time 🙂  Don’t go head on with your teenager go round her, negotiate with her.

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Develop a healthy exercise addiction

Trick your brain (by pretending maybe at first) that the reward will be immediate, start to shout out loud how you are going to feel after you have exercised.  Pay attention to the reward experience after your Body Pump class and this realisation will develop in your brain.  You will start to seek it out.

Releasing the happy hormone serotonin, which occurs naturally when you exercise, will also help to embed this feeling.

Tie exercise into work

Before you have a chance to get home and relax, tie your exercise routine into your workday.   Plus you can carry on working or be more efficient with your work schedule by listening to podcasts which you can download to your iPhone or iPod for free.  Yoru brain will really look forward to these types of events. When you look forward to something ti means your brain is really interested in it and it is seen as a reward. That is your key to success 🙂 Make your exercise interesting, do something you love.

Exercise can unlock and destress your brain

Chat with yourself about how your exercise fix will help you to solve a problem. How your daily exercise routine will help you to unpick and sort out a troublesome relationship.  If you are stuck on how to move forward with a tricky situation, you can bet after your run or swim you are going to easily solve it.  You reach new insights when you exercise, you clear your brain and download the old repetitive comments that your conscious brain keeps coming up with and reboot and recharge.  You have had the chance to quiet down the overall noise of your brain

Sleep better

You will sleep better after you have exercised, especially if you have been thinking all day. You need to rebalance your mental exhausted with a physical burst. Releasing the cortisol, stress hormone from your day into a bout of boxing or swimming will aid your sleep.

Runners high occurs when dopamine another happy hormone is released into your bloodstream. Dopamine is a neural or brain hormone (a neurotransmitter) that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables you not only to see rewards but to take action to move toward them. Your brain will look forward to exercising because it has been trained by your hormones to do so 🙂

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Social exercise

Walking groups, competitive fit bit online groups, exercise classes all work for a reason. They are SOCIAL.  Chatting to others either online or in person will dramatically improve your focus and incentives you.  Social exercise is a great way of ensuring you go out you won’t want to let someone else down. Having a chat as you exercise also releases some very powerful hormones

Trust the gorgeous process.

Short term solutions to these emotional triggers work but they work better when you have your long-term habits embedded.

The wonderful thing is that getting healthy is easy.  OH YES, IT IS –  when you apply small habitual steps and with encouragement from me and the other gorgeous girls in our community you stick to your gorgeous habits because they are habits and not a strict set of instructions, rules or something nutty you wouldn’t do naturally.

My mental health has always been focused on my exercise and what I eat so that I can exercise and feel good and have bags of energy to drive everyone else crazy 🙂

Do you like the idea of working with me…..

I am not simply passionate about helping girls realise their funky, sexiness and step into their gorgeous selves. I am obsessional!  I have gorgeous OCD. I think the reason that I am so obsessional about health for women is that I know that everyone can have it. Nutritional advice is over complicated, mindset shifts can be daunting but not if have support and friendship. I invite you to capitalise on my OCD tendencies to your benefit

Over to you….

Take your first steps and find the time to put yourself first and explore how you can listen to your body more and observe your perfectionist tendencies with me. Book sometime out for yourself click here

Here is a quick video I put together for those who are joining me to chat, it explains exactly what you and I will chat about


I am looking forward to speaking with you.

Get Gorgeous is a journey together – yours and mine.

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Want to chat get in touch click here to book some time for you now.

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