HERE’S HOW TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND IN 2007: continued...
SMELL AND TASTE your victory—every step of the way. Visualization is an old trick, but here’s what most people do wrong: They watch themselves achieve their goals as if they’re watching a movie. Instead, really feel the burn in your legs and hear the roar of the crowd, and you have a better chance of making it happen. If, for instance, you have a hard time getting to the gym, accept that you’ll be dragging yourself there on some days, but also visualize what it feels like to have your energy build as you begin your workout, says Kay Porter, Ph.D., author of The Mental Athlete .
PLAN FOR FAILURE. While you need to visualize success, you also need to know that you won’t be successful every time. And when you’re not, don’t just blow it off with an, “Oh well, I tried,” says McGee. “‘Trying’ is a way of not taking responsibility,” he says, because it lets you off the hook. There’s nothing wrong with a night of overeating, a skipped workout, or your worst 5K time ever; it’s essential for success as long as you learn something from it about how to improve your performance next time.
APPRECIATE DISCOMFORT. “Change doesn’t happen in your comfort zone,” says body coach Patricia Moreno of Equinox Fitness in New York City. “Your body won’t give you anything you don’t ask for.” Daring to go beyond where you’ve been before means choosing to be greater, faster, smarter, stronger, and more powerful. That’s a pretty big payoff for an extra push-up.
PART 2 MAKE YOUR WORKOUT WORK FOR YOU
America’s top two reasons for abandoning a workout program are that it’s boring and that there isn’t enough time. So we had Kim Lyons, trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser , create an excuse-proof workout exclusively for Marie Claire .
THIS CIRCUIT PROGRAM—in which you do one exercise right after another in a specific order—is built on moves you probably already know (so no wasting time trying to figure out where to put your left foot). But it combines them in a way that gets your heart rate up (read: burns calories) and tones you (read: burns more calories) in one short session. The lower-body moves elevate heart rate, and the upper-body moves allow it to come down for an interval training effect that incinerates fat.