Think of it as the ultimate form of multitasking. It’s the not-so-secret tool used by the world’s best athletes, and it can help you to completely transform the way you workout. Adding a positive affirmation to your training session could be exactly what you need to get out of your training rut.
Still need convincing? Think about it this way, if you exercise for an hour, you might have around 2,000 different thoughts. That’s a lot of thoughts, right? Some of these are conscious and some are subconscious. Either way, it is safe to say that there are a lot of different thoughts floating around your head whilst you are working out.
Unless you can control your thoughts, the harder the session gets, the more negative thoughts can take control and you may end up quitting. So if you want to boost your fitness and get more results from the training you are doing, consider adding a positive affirmation to your next workout.
Three reasons why you should include a positive affirmation with your next workout.
It can help you to stay focused. Just like your Yoga teacher might prompt you to set an intention at the start of your yoga class, repeating a positive affirmation before you start your next training session will help to set a focus for the session. It can also help you to stay motivated and committed to your goal when the going gets tough.
It can help you to push your physical limits. A positive affirmation is a focal point that your mind can keep coming back to. Especially as the session increases in intensity. If you start to sense a negative thought pattern taking hold, repeat your affirmation and watch the immediate impact it has on your physical body.
It can help you to build self-confidence. Being able to push your boundaries will help you to build a deep confidence in yourself. Knowing that you aren’t going to back out when it gets tough is something that you can take off the track or mat and into your work and personal life.
This is where training can make a huge difference to not only your physical body but also to your mental and emotional self as well.
So what affirmations should you be using?
In our experience, affirmations work best when they are personal. We have listed some affirmations below as inspiration to create a powerful sentence or statement that really speaks to you.
How to use your affirmation
- Take a deep breath in for a count of 4.
- Hold at the top of the breath for a count of 4.
- Slowly exhale for a count of 4 as you recite the affirmation in your mind.
- Repeat this process 3 times to let it sink into your body.
Watch your thoughts during the session. Any time you notice a negative thought pattern, repeat your affirmation.
At the end of your session, repeat the breathing exercise you started with. This will help to build confidence that your thoughts and your actions are in alignment.
Ideas to help inspire you to create your own positive affirmation
- I’ve got this.
- I am fit. I am getting fitter every day.
- I am strong. I am building a strong and lean body.
- I am going at my own pace and building my fitness in my own way.
- I am creating a healthy body and mind.
- I am capable of achieving anything.
- I can do anything for a minute. (This one is especially good for that last little sprint at the end of the session).
- My legs feel strong. My breathing is strong. My heart feels strong. Keep going.
- I am becoming fitter, faster and stronger.
- I love pushing myself. I love getting the best out of myself.