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How to Revitalize Your Workout

No Willpower Needed: The True Secret to Sticking with It

What's keeping you from the gym, and from the body you want? "Fear, doubt, and negativity — those voices in your head that say, 'It's too hard; I'm too fat; I'm too lazy; I'm too skinny,'" says Patricia Moreno, founder of IntenSati.com, a fitness, lifestyle, and weight-loss coaching company in New York City. There's no way, for instance, that you're going to do another push-up when you have all this drama in your head about why you can't, she says: "In your workout (and your life), what you believe is what happens."

During your workout, play a game with yourself: Try to crowd out those negative thoughts by replacing them with other ones — like why you're doing a workout in the first place. "The biggest part of turning everything around is connecting to your deep desire to do it," Moreno says. When you figure out what you really, really want and why you really want it, the discipline required to get it becomes automatic. The art of discipline is focusing on your goal and, as she memorably puts it, "replacing the whiner with the winner."

In real life, it goes like this: You're doing lunges because you long for powerful, sexy legs. Resisting what you're doing by thinking, "It's burning like crazy!" interferes with what you're aiming for. Replace that thought with, "It's uncomfortable, but that's a sign that things are changing and I'm getting the legs I want." Time after time, says Moreno, "I've seen people go from 'I hate this' to 'Bring it on' and do far more than they ever thought they were capable of." That's the joy of discipline — and of getting your best body.

 

 

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