October 25, 2016


4 positive morning steps

Lately I have been doing quite a bit of research on training your brain to be more positive.I have always said that Fitness isn't always about lifting some weights,out running or even doing yoga.You need to approach your fitness as a more overall holistic and fuller package both mentally and physically.At first I really didn't think much of the mental side of fitness.Daily mediation and 2 minute breathing practice doesn't sound to appealing yet after trying out some of ideas and methods out I really have gotten some nice results over the past 2 months.

I researched a Harvard trained "happiness researcher"Shawn Achor and this is what I came across.

"If you can raise somebody's level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage. Your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral, or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise"

A more positive brain gives you a competitive advantage at work and can increase your productivity by 30 percent.

I have talked about mindset before in previous articles.You have a goal in life whether that's fitness,health,relationship,career,or really anything related to improving then you really need to take advantage of believing you can achieve better things and continue to work on your mindset.

You are interested in more then go read this article I have done in the past about mindset and belief  HERE

  • Keep a journal and log 

Start your day with listing three things that you are grateful to have in your life. Being grateful for your health, your fitness, your previous sporting accomplishments, the people around you motivating and encouraging you, to the food on your plate, is something I believe is also great for your body and mind.Do this every day until it becomes a healthy happy habit each morning.You're training your mind to scan for positives instead of negatives. This activity is the fastest way to teach optimism. It will significantly improve your optimism even six months later, and raises your success rates significantly.

I have used this five-minute journal in the past and it has really helped me focus more and keep me on track.

  • Vision board

Have a vision board that you see every day when you wake up and that you take notice of before you to bed.This is another way of keeping focused and on track and is something I’ve used in the past myself and with friends and clients.This could be a vision to run a marathon this year, lose some weight, being able to spend time and give lots of energy to play with your kids, or even sticking a picture on your wall from your glorious sporting days as a source of motivation.Your thoughts and visions in your head eventually become things you will achieve once you keep focused on them.Go look at any successful person and I guarantee you they have visualised their goals which kept them on track working hard.

  • Exercise 

Start your day with some form of exercise.This can be as short as 15 mins and can be anything from doing some yoga,meditation,building up a light sweat doing some skipping,walking the kids to school then jogging home or even bringing the dogs out for a morning walk.The reason why exercise is so key to your morning routine is that it literally trains your brain to believe "my behavior matters," which then carries (positively) into other activities throughout the day.

This is my 15 min morning drill that I try do every morning before my 6am clients

  • Motivation kick

Give yourself 2-5 mins to search for something inspiring,motivating or even something that will put a smile on your face.This could be anything from watching a YouTube video to someone you respect and look upto,reading a paragraph of a blog/book that has inspired you, to perhaps even listening to a song that is a favorite of yours and brings back good memories.

By doing these activities every morning, you're training your brain to be positive for the rest of the day. Your brain will release dopamine and create a positive mindset for the long term.

Hope this short article has helped you out.Share it on to someone you feel needs to see this info.You need any more advice or help then get in touch.

David Last is a personal trainer based in Dublin. For more information you can follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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