If Your Workout Doesn’t Work, Tweak This

a mental tweak to get more out of your workoutSometimes even conscious creators slip into old habits when it comes to how we think about our bodies and working out.

If you’re exercising to get rid of flab, sag or jiggle – versus working out for the love of movement or in aspiration of good health or a fab figure – you can make a minor tweak for big results.

Here’s the deal we sometimes forget:

Any time we engage action out of resistance, weΒ enhance what we don’t want.

(Which means you may be inadvertently building a bigger belly, flabbier arms, a jigglier butt – or whatever else you’re trying to get rid of – in that time spent at the gym.)

Effective workouts aren’t just about the body. Harness the power of your mind to get the most out of your physical training.

Like, if you’re at Zumba every Tuesday because your friend told you it would get rid of that baby weight you haven’t been able to drop, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t change a thing. It’s a totally different vibe to Zumba because you love moving your body and are looking forward to feeling even better in it than it is to Zumba because you hate your muffin top.

Or if you’re on the treadmill to run off the middle age spread you detest, that’s not as effective as running with the intention of a fit physique.

Can you feel the difference? Same action, different focus, leading to very different results.

That’s because any time we’re focused on “not this,” that fixation can’t take us where we want to go. It defies the laws of our universe. What we focus on grows.

(It is possible that strong belief can get temporary results, but sustaining that in the long run is challenging.)

So it’s important to be dialed on positive intentions and resultsΒ rather than spotlighting the contrast that inspired you to the desire. Make sense?

Seems like a small thing but it actually makes a big difference.

Yesterday I wore a pair of shorts that weren’t particularly flattering to the thighs. My first thought was that I needed to get back to the exercise room.

Which is what I did later that day. And working out on the Bowflex is where I remembered that exercising to avoid what I don’t want (untoned thighs) was a waste of a workout.

If I’m not lunging or squatting with a focus on health, fitness, beauty, self-love or whatever I’m really wanting – I may as well be lounging in the shade with a good book.

Enjoying myself in any other way would be better than trying to get rid of something I don’t want.

Because we get what we think about.

So if you’re working out while dwelling on flabby arms or stubborn belly fat – tune your mind instead to thoughts of how you want them to look and feel. Activate the feelings of satisfaction and enjoyment in place of loathing and discomfort. You’ll get a lot more bang for your buck with that vibrational shift.

There’s another way to get more out of your workouts, too.

Set an intention before you start exercising as to how you want your body to respond. Jeanna Gabellini taught me this trick: she used to intend that her body responded to this 30 minute workout as if it were 3 hours. Way to leverage the power of your mind in support of your physical experience!

My point with this is that as we’re flexing the muscles of our body to enhance our physique, let’s remember to also flex the power of our mind to make sure we get where we want to go.

  • June 21, 2014
  • I’ll ask her to elaborate, Katy, but the way I heard it from her was that she simply set that intention and then expected to feel the results of a long workout even though she only put in a fraction of the time. It was inspired by her desire to be efficient, more than anything, since she wanted to feel an abundance of time as well as prime physical condition. (Meaning, she didn’t do it because she didn’t like working out, necessarily. Although a 30 minute workout is probably easier to enjoy than a 3 hour one, if you ask me!) lol

  • Katy Lowe says:

    Wooooo I love this! Makes so much sense, eh? I want to hear more on how Jeanna managed to intend a 30 min workout seem more like a 3 hour one to our bodies!! Love the concept!

  • Rosa, I suspect lots of folks will be able to relate to the whole “exercising as punishment” routine. Such a good one to put behind us and replace with love and gratitude instead! Nicely done, my friend. πŸ™‚
    And Blondewizard, so true – here’s to employing a powerful point of focus to everything we want!

  • Blondewizard says:

    Thank you for this post! I love how it can be applied to anything you want to create! Like becoming better at a skill. It teaches you to focus on how good you want to be at it!

  • Rosa Muziotti says:

    Yes, I can feel the difference. Exercising to “fix” my body while feeling guilty, ashamed or not good enough was like a sort of punishment and that’s exactly why I did not want to exercise. On the contrary, sending love and gratitude to every cell in my body makes me feel joyful and gorgeous and it has helped me recover my health and self-esteem.

  • Woo hoo, Cyndi! I suspect even students new to LOA can sense the tremendous difference in the vibration of those two approaches. Here’s to Freedom and all the lovely things that energy brings!

  • Cyndi says:

    Love this! It really does make so much sense. When I decided to exercise strictly for health and well being as opposed to weight control, I felt an enormous sense of freedom. I also noticed that when I became more detached from the outcome, I ran better, looked better and felt better. πŸ™‚

  • What a fun vibration to engage, Elizabeth – delight!! Easy to see how the body has so much fun responding to that energetic instruction.
    Thanks for giving us an example of how well this focusing principle can work to our favor!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Clearly this is why I build arm + leg muscle so easily. I get on a kick and then I see my muscles moving + working and I am just so delighted by them and before I know it they’re increasing rapidly and I am even more delighted. (I am in this cycle right now so they are getting lots of appreciation πŸ™‚

  • That’s a-whole-nother post in itself, isn’t it, Cassie? How we choose what type of movement we engage. I know belief can play a factor, but leading with what we LOVE makes such a difference!
    Thanks for reading and for commenting, girlfriend. πŸ™‚

  • Cassie says:

    Love, love, love this reminder. My hunch is that anyone who gets their focus clear (on what they want) is going to be inspired to a type of work out that totally lights them up πŸ™‚

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