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Reach Fitness Goals:
5 Unusual Tips

Here are 5 tips to reach your fitness goals... whether you need them or not! Whether YOU need them... and that means even if you're recovering from something as debilitating as cancer.

No, I'm not being finickity or disparaging, but fitness, like weight loss, or any other goal, is subject to a law of nature that's at least as strong as gravity, yet nowhere near as widely recognised.

It's this - while your conscious mind wants you to reach your fitness goals, your subconscious mind might be more focused on the pain and inconvenience involved. And the subconscious mind is 10 times more powerful than the conscious mind.

Which means, no way in singlets and tights are you going to reach those fitness targets if you don't get the two parts of your mind aligned.

So, here are 5 tips designed to allow you to reach your personal fitness goals:

  • Create a little movie in your mind of some enticing reward you'll lavish on yourself when you reach those fitness goals. Run it a few times, and each time, really build up the intensity of the positive emotions you'll enjoy. Immerse yourself in those feelings... and recall them as often as you like. Applying that one simple tip, you can transform your success rate. It's the secret behind aligning the two competing parts of your mind.
  • Write down your specific goals. If a goal is worth setting, then it is worth writing. Write it in as much detail as possible.
  • Identify people or organizations to assist you. We often need others to help us get what we want. And we should reciprocate the process; help others get what they need and want. Don't be ashamed to admit you need help achieving your goal. Surround yourself with people that have a positive impact on your life. Get rid of those who don't. For instance, you might decide to hire a trainer You don't have to buy 50 sessions to learn some new exercises. Trainers are taught how to change up workouts to see results and make exercise interesting. A couple of sessions can teach you enough exercises to last several months.
  • Revamp a boring fitness routine. Take a class If you always go straight to the treadmill or lift weights, a class could spice things up. Classes like Body Pump can add a new twist to weight training, and Zumba will get your heart pumping while dancing and having fun. And getting your heart pumping is one of the biiggest leverage activities in exercise physiology. Both those classes are available at local gyms.
  • Take a leaf out of the Richard Simmons book. "You take the kids and ask them what they want to do and they are watching High School Musical, they want to dance, they own the music charts," he says. "When I go to schools, I teach cardio, strength training and toning and they love it. I play their music, their beat, and they love it." Get your physical activity in a way you enjoy!
  • Relax, find your center - yoga and pilates are a great way to tone and strengthen muscles in a soothing environment. A Pilates Reformer class will firm up your legs and core while leaving you feeling refreshed.

Fitness not worth it? Consider this comment in The Dallas Morning News:

Cancer survivor Rick Hutchings works out at CFFL (Cancer Foundation for Life), located in the McDonald Activity Center of First Baptist Church in Garland. He says he's in the best shape since college. When he finished treatment for lymphoma, Dick Wright, 67, was so weak he couldn't lift his arms to brush his teeth. Now he's logging more than 200 miles a week on his road bike. After chemo, radiation, surgery and more chemo for colon and renal cell cancer, Rick Hutchings was unable to stand straight and could barely walk around his block. Now, he exercises for 1 1/2 hours, five days a week. All three men credit their recoveries to exercise.

The Cancer Foundation for Life has five locations in the Dallas area. For information, call 214-703-3045.

Now. Those might not be the usual tips to reach fitness goals, but I think you might find them more than just a little bit helpful. What do you think?