Hypnotherapy for Fitness Motivation/Sports Performance
23rd March, 20110 Comments
Written by: Victoria Baldwin DHP, MAPHP Acc, CNHC Reg
Lost motivation to go the gym?
Want to improve your sporting prowess?
Hypnosis could help you harness the power of your mind! How Can I Develop My Fitness Motivation? Do you find yourself wishing that you were just a little bit less unfit but struggle to find consistent motivation where fitness and exercise are concerned?
I should go to the gym but there’s just so much else to do! Sound familiar?
Lots of people struggle to stick to a regular exercise routine – it’s not just you.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy could help to get you focused on achieving your goals – whether it’s dropping a dress size or competing in the local half marathon – if you are motivated to do it (and your doctor says it’s ok*) then go for it!
Have you ever bought an expensive gym membership… only to go along for a couple of weeks full of great intentions but gradually end up finding more and more reasons why you can’t get there to exercise? The problem is all those 'other things' really aren't nearly as good for you, nor do they give you the positive mood lift and buzz that the gym can.
Did you buy an exercise bike/rowing machine/yoga mat etc to use at home and found after a few weeks the bike is used more often as a clothes airer and the cat is sleeping on the yoga mat? Despite your very best intentions, it is often a struggle to maintain fitness motivation for long enough to achieve what you want – that fitter, slimmer, healthier you.
Because developing enough fitness motivation is an important component of your exercise plan, why not get your subconscious mind working on improving your enthusiasm for your exercise routine. Hypnotherapy could help you to maintain your fitness motivation and instil a positive ‘let’s do it’ attitude to get you fit and healthy with routine gym attendance. It could also help you deal with the negative barriers you are creating for yourself about why you "can’t" do it – no more excuses.
If you want to get fit and get exercising then maybe hypnotherapy could help you find that added boost you need.. .you already want to do it so now let’s get your subconscious to accept it! Finding reasons (for reasons read: excuses) why you cannot exercise is a very easy habit to get in to and lots of us can benefit from just a little extra nudge to overcome it.
Sports Hypnosis – Improve Your Sporting Performance with Mental Training and Visualisation Techniques.
For an athlete, no matter what your sport or professional/amateur status, the desire to constantly develop and improve motivates and inspires you to be the best they can. However sometimes training alone is not enough to fulfil your greatest ambitions; mental techniques and training are now often considered to be an essential part of any sportsperson’s regular routine.
Hypnotherapy could help athletes of all kinds to get the best from themselves both mentally and in turn physically; from football to hockey, boxing to athletics, a positive mental attitude certainly couldn't hurt could it? The use of hypnosis with guided imagery and creative visualisation, deep relaxation techniques and mental goal setting could greatly enhance sporting performance – focussing the mind on positivity and achievement to help you enhance your mental strength and improve your performance, focus and concentration in both training and competition.
Some of the main areas where hypnosis for sports improvement could prove useful are listed below - this list is not exhaustive and you may have specific issues affecting your own performance.
- Competition nerves or pre-performance anxiety
- Performance enhancement
- Motivation for training/competition
- Building confidence
- Improving focus & concentration
- Overcoming mental blocks
- Managing emotions
- Visualising success
Of course it’s not just sports related issues that can affect your athletic performance or ability to achieve your very best. Other difficulties such as insomnia, stress, phobias and emotional issues can all hinder your best efforts and if you are motivated to achieve results then hypnotherapy could help with these too. The mental side of sport is set to become more and more important as sports become ever more competitive and those competing get better and better. Sports hypnotherapy could help to provide you with the mental skills to focus and enhance your own performance – if you want to do it, you can!
Hypnosis and Golf – for example!Some people say golf is 25% technique and 75% mental attitude.....others might say it's more like 90%.
If you are determined to improve your skills, then hypnotherapy could help you to imagine yourself rehearsing and honing that perfect swing, improve your focus and motivation, overcome mental blocks or negativity, reinforce your self belief and, best of all, relax and really enjoy your game. Get “into the zone!”
The same theory applies to any number of different sports - cricket, swimming, rugby, ice skating.... if you really want to do it, hypnotherapy could help you achieve your sporting goals.
* Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy not an alternative therapy and not an alternative to mainstream medical advice. If you are embarking on a new exercise regime, have not undertaken any exercise for some time or have concerns over your health you should always consult your doctor before embarking on any fitness program.
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