How do you exercise your mind?
Beyond the hype and high of shotgunning a dry scoop of Blood Rounds, smelling salts, jamming to loud music, and yelling “light weight baby” is a much more important key to your success. Mental preparation might possibly be the most overlooked and under talked about aspect of exercise. Sure, pre-workout is great for added motivation, essential amino acids will aide in muscle repair and recovery, thermogenic fat burners got you covered in assisted weight loss, but, what are you doing for your mind?
How do you pre-workout your brain? What mental exercises are you doing to optimize your physical potential?
If your pregame workout only involves a heaping scoop of caffeine and some rap music, listen up.
The brain is the body’s strongest and most important muscle. It’s literally a computer system safe guarded by a barrier of bone. Within this system you contain more knowledge, power, and information than any hard drive can compute. Your brain is the most powerful tool in the universe if utilized and treated as such. The mind has the ability to elevate your physical potential beyond what is often comprehendible. Knowing this, why would we often ignore this muscle when it comes to exercise?
The answer, most of us have never been taught or shown how to correctly use our brain as a tool for success. Maybe you have been on some sort of sports team and have had a coach preach about visualization, going through the activity through your mind, but just never understood the concept as most young athletes don’t. It’s time to change such understanding and allow you to access the full, unbound potential of your mind to connect to your body resulting in maximized output.
Since we are on the topic of pre-workout, let’s start there.
Thoughts alone have the power to manifest both negative and positive realities. Maybe you have heard the saying, “If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.” The unconscious and conscious thinking patterns of the mind will develop a set of feelings attached to past, present, and future events. If you feel you continually attract the same feelings of anxiety, fear, doubt, rejection, abandonment, anger, resentment, and chaos, continually finding yourself trying to control what is keeping you out of control, you are not alone.
From birth to now, events have shaped the feelings you are addicted to creating the same patterns your mind finds comfort with, releasing a neurochemical high to fulfill those set of feelings that keep you suppressed, anxious, and in an energy space to find what is familiar. Years of suppression and repression have hard wired your mind to bring about the same feelings over and over again, because, that is what is familiar.
Past trauma that goes unresolved will be pushed down into the subconscious mind. The often result is poor eating habits, unfulfilled relationships, closure to romantic partners, codependency, money problems, debt, weight gain or loss, self sabotage, and a multitude of outcomes which fulfill the brain high keeping you disappointed, broke, out of shape, and in the same place year after year.
Over time, unresolved feelings will lead to gastro intestinal problems as feeling of stress and anxiety strip the intestinal lining of the healthy gut flora that aide in digestion, and play a role in the breakdown of enzymes. Heart burn, acid reflux, colitis, and other GI ailments often can be traced back to the root of the cause being stress and unresolved feelings.
So, you’re saying that feelings can cause health problems in the body?
Keto. Whole 30. Intermittent fasting. Going vegan. Cottage cheese only. Atkins. Weight watchers.
When will it ever end? How come we have become so infatuated with making releasing weight such a science project? Why does nutrition have to be so complicated? There has to be an easier way, right?
First, we feel the diet trends listed are short term solutions to a long term problem. Sure, you lose 30 pounds with any one of the programs, then what? Most of the quick fix diet tricks are not sustainable. You will see results then often slowly gain back the weight as motivation to follow the program becomes less and less. If this is you, listen up.
What is weight loss?
Simply put, weight loss is being in a caloric deficit long enough to burn fat. In order to lose 1 pound of fat per week you must be in a caloric deficit of around 500 calories per day for a total of 3500 total calories per week. You can achieve this deficit by eating less, working out more, or a combination of both. If you scale these numbers, losing 1 pound of actual fat per week by following this protocol will lead to 4 pounds per month, and 48 pounds of total fat loss per year. Now, most of you reading this do not have 48 pounds of fat to lose, but, can you begin to understand the long game of nutrition and weight loss by breaking down these numbers?
You are probably saying, yes, I understand what is means to lose weight, but, you haven’t told me how.
For starters, you will need to calculate your BMR (basal metabolic rate) : Rate at which your body burns energy at rest. The best way to calculate your BMR is an online calculator or doing an InBody assessment. For the purpose of this article, we will not over complicate this by giving you a math equation. Consult a health coach or professional if you require additional assistance.
Once you have determined your BMR, you will know the number of calories your body burns daily through metabolism. This is how you will determine how to achieve a caloric deficit of 500 calories daily.
Next, instead of crash dieting, limiting yourself to only eating certain foods, and making losing weight seem like a chore instead of something natural, make a plan. It’s rather easy. Make a list of the healthy protein, carb, fat, and micronutrient sources you like to eat. Figure out how many times per day you will be eating. Measure out your macronutrient sources (protein, carbs, fats) to fit your daily caloric goal total. Stick to your regiment. Be consistent. Buy into the process. And begin to develop a lifestyle of eating, not a fad trend of unsustainable tricks.
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My name is Josh Morin and my mission here is solely to be the light to help you find your north star.