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Train your brain to crave the gym



I imagine if you've been around Bloom for awhile, you have your own reasons for WHY YOU BLOOM... what motivates you... what keeps you coming back. Although health reasons are typically what initially makes us each set foot in a gym... it can sometimes take more motivation than that to continue returning week after week.


And hopefully by now, you've also realized that along with a workout... you'll find a COMMUNITY at Bloom... a group of like-minded women... who are all here cheering each other on. It certainly does make working out more fun!


But if you ever find yourself hitting snooze on the alarm in the morning, or having trouble sticking to your evening workout routine... here's an excerpt from an article at yogiapproved.com that may help change your thinking.


Trust me, none of us are born with discipline... but you can train your brain to think otherwise...


 


1. Understand the Science of Habits

We all know workouts are good for us. It’s been proven time and time again that exercise works to reduce anxiety and depression by balancing the ratio of neurotransmitters in our brains. This is exactly how prescription drugs work, by the way.

Workouts become addictive in the best sense of the word. We realize they create pleasure and link them to enjoyment. At the end of the day, our habits are created (good ones and bad ones), because of how we link a certain behavior to pleasure or pain.

This is why we Netflix binge, eat comfort foods, and avoid checking our emails. We’ve associated pleasure or pain with these behaviors. It’s that simple! Luckily though, when we understand this, we understand that we can retrain our brains to think about behaviors differently. And we can link things to pleasure that we once thought of as pain-inducing. Workouts are the perfect example of this.

2. Realize That Motivation Is a Myth

A big myth we could all benefit from ditching is that motivation reigns supreme. Have you ever caught yourself saying something like “I’d love to workout, I’m just not motivated,” or “I was doing really good, but then I lost my motivation.” Waiting for your motivation to “strike,” like some powerful, invisible, magical unicorn galloping into your life, is as unproductive as it is untrue. Motivation is not some external thing that graces some lucky people and is lacking in others. Truthfully, you’d benefit from ditching the term “motivation” altogether, and instead replacing it with “discipline.” That’s where it all starts.

Motivation is great. But discipline is what separates those who work out consistently and who have made it a lifestyle from those who are great at starting new routines but quit when life gets tough. (Which, by the way, when is it not?) Discipline is that thing you use to do things like fold your laundry, pay taxes, floss your teeth, and walk the dog. Treat your workout the same. While you will almost certainly develop a deeper, more spiritual motivation for continuing your workouts, it’s very likely going to be discipline that gets you going when you’d rather not.