dailyMYB: YOU CAN DO MORE THAN YOU THINK.
Body follows mind.
Plain and simple.
Think you CAN’T do something and your body will follow suit.
The minute your mind accepts defeat—even before it has actually happened—your body shuts down.
However, think you CAN do something — even before your body actually proves it — and your body wills it so.
Funny how that works. Maybe that whole “mind over matter” thing ain’t so bad.
So how does it relate to fitness? You’re either in shape or out, right? Wrong. Way wrong.
Think you can run that extra mile? Pedal that much harder? Hold that crazy hard pose one minute more? Workout on a day you thought you couldn’t?
Convince your mind you can and your body will.
Guaranteed you will surprise yourself.
For example, set out on a run you say will be 2 miles long and by 2 miles, you’ll be tired enough to stop.
But, set out on a run to last all of 6 miles — a full 10K — and you’ll blast by that 2 mile mark in a flash. Come mile 5 and 6, you’ll be ready to cross that finish.
When you commit to a fitness activity, it’s not just about being psychically ready. It’s about being MENTALLY ready, too. When you train your body you also train your mind.
Forget what others think or say or do. Because the MOST important person you need to convince of your potential is YOU.
It’s not about whether your body CAN or CAN’T do something. It’s the will to mentally accept that perhaps you can. All your body needs is the sign from your mind that it’s possible.
Emily @ MYB
dailyMYB: MOTIVATION IS MENTAL FUEL. EAT UP!
Your body isn’t the only thing that needs fuel to perform. Your brain needs to be fed, too. And just like your body can’t perform on crappy food and empty calories, neither can your brain. Negativity will stop you in your tracks. Unrealistic goals will poison your progress. Seek out the things—and people!—that propel you forward. Feed your brain content that excites it, convince it that it can succeed, give it the strength to try no matter the chance of failure, stretch past what it thinks is possible. Feed your brain those things and nothing that holds it back, tells it it’s not good enough, or compares it to unrealistic comparisons. Negativity is poison. Positivity is power. Feed your brain the fuel that pumps you up and feast on it Motivation is mental fuel. Eat up.
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"If no one thinks you can then you have to." ~ Marlen Esparza
@c__atkins who rocked a hot and sweaty kickass @soulcycle 8am class! Decide you can do it and your body will follow!
Strength is a muscle thing. But it’s more than that. It’s also a mental thing. It’s a mood thing. It’s a strength in numbers thing. It’s a stay strong thing. It’s an endurance, you can do it thing. It’s an inside out thing. It’s a keep your head in the game thing. It’s a stick to it, even when you fall down and have to get back up thing. It’s a just do one more mile, one more rep, one more sprint thing. It’s a wake up before the sun thing. It’s an in your head thing. It’s an everywhere thing.
Be strong. Inside and out. And have a strong day.
MOTIVATION: mental strength.
Get your head on board with the plan. The rest of your body will follow.
It’s not your alarm clock that’s keeping you pinned in bed in the morning. Or your running shoes that make you stop running.
It’s your mind. And when you strengthen your body, you strengthen your mind. It may be the most important muscle you’ve got.
MOTIVATION: having fun.
Are you having fun while you work out? Or is it just another chore or thing to check off on the to do list? Is it something you stress about? Or obsess over? Or are you embracing it and letting yourself be super hardcore some days and light on days you need a break? Are you making sure not to beat yourself up on days off? Everybody is different and every BODY is different. Listen to your mind and body. And remember that much of working out is PLAY. Don’t forget to have FUN with it. Working hard is required but that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh along the way. Laughing is as important as sweating sometimes.
(Picture featuring my buddy Jake (red shorts!) via a Friday night Yoga Mashup Class at Laughing Lotus, NY: (4) Laughing Lotus Yoga NY)
MOTIVATION: calm amidst the madness.
“There is something unique that running brings to my life—a sense of community, connectedness and calm amidst even the most chaotic of days.”
- Mary CanSteenberghe, 24. Newberg, Ore. Runner & Full-TIme Nursing Student
MOTIVATION: why yoga?
I dove into yoga headfirst when I needed a practice that was as much mind as it was body, if not more mind. I needed a way to channel all that was happening around me in life (things you try to control but can’t) into something where you just relinquish control and attempt to exist in the moment. Especially in a way that’s intense, makes you sweat, flex your muscles and push yourself with your mind as your muscles follow suit. - MYB (Emily)
WHY DO YOU YOGA? firstname.lastname@example.org
What Yoga Means to Tiffany Cruikshank (pictured) via MINDbodyGREEN.
"To me yoga is a way of life, it’s about cleaning off the lens we see the world through by looking deeply at ourselves. The asanas challenge us in a way that not only tests our ability to stay present but also our ability to look deeply at what drives us and what holds us back. After a while we learn to slow down our brain long enough to actually look at what we’re doing and see our habits.
We spend most of our lives just going through the motions and we forget that every moment is an opportunity for change, whatever sort of change you need in your life, that’s a huge part of the practice for me.”
Tiffany is the Acupuncturist and Yoga Teacher at the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, runs 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings and has been featured in various articles, video and print ads including ads for Nike and Lululemon. She travels the globe inspiring people all over the world to live their lives to the fullest and her book, Optimal Health For A Vibrant Life, is a 30 day detox for yogis.
For more info go to TiffanyYoga.com or checkout her Facebook page
Lynn Jennings #MondayMotivation @runnersworld
MOTIVATION: mind over matter.
Interesting article on the MENTAL game of running.
via Conscious Connection:
Read the full article here: Marathoners: Practice Mindfulness to Enhance Your Running «
Condition your mind as well as your body for the marathon through mindfulness, a practice that involves focusing your attention on the present.
Tips for Running Mindfully:
- Focus on the breath. Notice the sensation of air coming into and leaving your body. Stay with that sensation as much as possible.
- Notice when thought arises but choose not to get involved with it and return your attention to your breath.
- Bring awareness to any sensations you are experiencing in your body. Don’t try to avoid or distract from discomfort. Observe as the sensation comes and goes or notice the quality of the sensation. Unless what you’re feeling is painful (not just uncomfortable) try not to judge the sensation (i.e. “This is bad.”) or give undue meaning to it. Of course, if you are feeling intense pain, your body is letting you know that there is something wrong that needs attention. Seek help.
- When you find yourself involved in thoughts about the miles you already ran or the miles to come, remind yourself to focus on the present and return your attention to your breath.
- Begin this practice when you’re warming up for your last training runs and stay with it while you run.
- Practice mindfulness for 10-20 minutes everyday before the race.
- Try yoga. Yoga is moving meditation. As my wonderful yoga teachers at Strala Yoga in NYC (632 Broadway btw. Houston and Bleeker) always say, learn to “find the ease” in your body while you’re moving. By focusing on the breath and letting your body do what it does naturally instead of forcing it or holding tension unnecessarily, you can move with greater ease and efficiency.