STEP 1: DEFINE YOUR GOAL
BEFORE YOU EVER LIFT a dumbbell or buy a pair of crosstraining shoes, figure out what you want. Are you trying to resemble Brad Pitt in Fight Club? Arnold in Commando? Have 20-inch biceps? Define your most important “result goal,” says Jason Selk, director of Enhanced Performance and the former sports psychologist for the St. Louis Cardinals. For best results, make it measurable and set it “realistically high,” rather than crazy high. (Think: 10 to 20% better than you’ve ever done before.) This will help you stay confident throughout the process.
Then write out in great detail what you want to look like. “The more detail, the better,” says Scott Schmaren, a clinical hypnotist and performance coach. Don’t type it up, either; write it by hand (you’re more likely to believe it’s true) and look at it before going to bed, visualizing it as if it’s already your reality.
STEP 2: MAKE THE TIME
ULTIMATELY, YOU’RE TRYING to change your to change your habits. And change is hard. “We have to get our old We have to get our old selves moving in a different direction,” says Timction,” says Tim Zeddies, the former sports psychologist for the Texasogist for the Texas Longhorns. “We have to battle entropy, gravity, inertia, y gravity, inertia, and laziness to get those adaptive juices to flow in our o flow in our favor.” To do this, carve out at least 30 minutes, three or es, three or four times a week, for exercise. Ideally, make it in the morning. “This time is no