6 Psychological Benefits Of New Beginnings Post Easter
Done your workout to death? Why are you still doing it?! Take these six great reasons for gospel and resurrect your training with a new program post Easter. WWJD…?
1. Focus… a new exercise forces you to think “where is my dumbbell?” and “is this going to land on someone’s foot?”. An old routine needs zero engagement and leaves you reliving that Trump article you read on the tube, you are not really concentrating and you’re missing out on much benefit, physical and mental (see point 5). It will immediately feel like the right choice, it always does every time you refresh a tired program, on the very first rep you’ll wonder why you didn’t start earlier.
2. Novelty… Have you considered your lack of enthusiasm could just be programmed in boredom. No joke… training should be fun. Keeping the same program is like only ever reading one book on repeat! Release yourself from exercise Guantanamo and watch your motivation grow. Change your training every 4-6 weeks, even if that’s a slight tweak of exercise style (bodyweight vs. barbell) or rep range (12-15 endurance vs. 6-8 strength) that can be enough to create some interest as you compare each ‘phase’ to the last.
3. Play… games are more fun than 10 sets of 10 reps of slow negatives. Who knew? Coach yourself like you would your kid; create positive reinforcement. Because we are all still a kid at heart training should not be a chore it should be a mind opening learning experience. Even adults should play to keep them creative and intelligent according to Dr Stuart Brown of the excellently named National Institute For Play. If you’re not ready to take up tennis or BJJ right away a super simple way to bring play is just try a new class once a week, there’s hundreds of studios in London offering deals for your first month. Or go climb Kilimanjaro. Up to you.
4. Mood enhancement… whether you consider yourself up, down or somewhere in-between exercise is the simplest, cheapest way to improve your mood. Make a change, even simple new programs are shown to improve focus in childhood, manage depression in adults, reduce anxiety and improve confidence in older people. Your body and mind know what’s good for you, they talk, you can’t hide from them, give them the stimulation they want!
5. Mind-Body oneness - feeling that you’re inhabiting your body better by learning a new skill and feeling your body move in a different way. Proprioception is the fancy word and improving it has been shown to enhance wellbeing in college students learning the Chinese art of Tai Chi. Connecting to your ‘vehicle’ is an important part of your mental health. You are not detached from your body, wear it well and you'll feel a more rounded person.
6. Reward… the feeling of progress from moving on to the next stage is by definition, momentum. Even if you were treading water, change phase and you are now moving forward, which is progress of sorts. Be positive, wipe the slate clean and focus on achieving within the new phase before it’s over. The day you make a choice to start a new program you breath life in to your long-term regime. Simplest self-motivation EVER; get a training calendar on the wall, plan the day this phase will finish and the next will start, work towards it and make the change regardless. Look at it every day. That solid deadline will put wind behind your phases, each deadline giving more context to your subconscious to turn into FIRE.
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