There is a direct connection between your body and your mind. Your mind is housed in your body. The same blood that flows through your body also flows through your brain. If you don’t take care of your body, it affects your mind, and if you don’t care of your mind, it affects your body. There is no getting away from this truth. In fact, physiology is a key component to success in every area of your life, including getting into terrific shape and shedding unwanted fat.
Have you ever had a day when you were totally exhausted? All you wanted to do was sit down and rest. Then, all of a sudden, you had to do something physically challenging and you woke up and even got energized. I try not to workout in the evenings for this very reason. If I go to the gym too late at night, I can’t get to sleep. Have you ever gone to a ball game totally exhausted and then your team scores and you jump up and start cheering? All of a sudden you are alive and vibrant again! That is because your body/mind connection can jump-start your energy.
I want you to take a moment right now and stand up. That’s right, stop what you are doing and stand up. No one is looking at you, so get up. Now, lookdown at the floor, slump your shoulders and stand like you do when you are exhausted. See how tired and weak you feel? Once you are totally exhausted, I want to show you how easy it is to feel strong. Now look up, get a great big smile on your face and do a “power move.” Throw a punch and say, “Yeah!” or do some kind of energetic move and make a powerful sound. Take deep breaths and feel fully alive.
Do you see the difference in how you feel?
Do you feel more energetic, more alive and stronger?
Athletes do things like this all the time to get “psyched up” to do what they have to do. Your life is no less important than the athletic event the athlete is getting “psyched up” for, is it? This goes to show you that emotion follows motion! The next time you don’t feel like making a healthy meal or going to the gym, use your physiology to override your self-defeating emotions and thought processes.