T-Tapp and Thoughts: Before, During and After
by Charlotte Siems
What are your thoughts before, during and after your T-Tapp workouts? Have you ever “thought” about it? It’s a fact that our thoughts can set us up to succeed….or fail.
We can talk ourselves into beginning T-Tapp or talk ourselves out of doing a workout, all without saying a word. Out loud, anyway. There are plenty of words pouring forth inside our heads.
Here are some thoughts on….well, thoughts:
Thoughts Before T-Tapp
See if any of these common thoughts sound familiar: I’m too busy to exercise. This probably won’t work. I don’t like to exercise.
With these kinds of thoughts, you’re setting up an association of pain with T-Tapp, probably without even realizing it. And why would you WANT to do something that you believe is painful? Replace those thoughts with: I will find a way to exercise today and have fun with it. This is going to do amazing things for me! I like to exercise.
Thoughts During T-Tapp
Do you catch yourself thinking any of these? This is soooo hard. I don’t like to sweat. I can’t do this. I’ll never get the form. I am so uncoordinated. I’m done, I can’t do anymore. I can’t wait till this is over. I hate this move.
Thinking these thoughts while you’re exercising is preventing you from progressing and finishing. Telling yourself you can’t will make sure you can’t. Whenever these thoughts of self-pity and self-criticism pop up during your workout, you’re probably in the midst of trying to keep track of your form. Try this simple phrase, said out loud and enthusiastically, if at all possible: I FEEL GREAT! Smile while you say it. You’ll be surprised at the effect of these words and will probably physically feel a difference!
Thoughts After T-Tapp
Do any of these thoughts run through your mind? I’m exhausted! I am sooo sore. I’m glad that’s over. It probably didn’t work. I have so far to go.
The mind/body connection is a strange and powerful thing. Your thoughts actually physically affect the cells in your body. How about focusing your thoughts on things like “Tonight I’ll reward myself with a nice salt bath” or “I am SO proud of myself—yayyy me!”
In case you’re wondering how I could come up with this list of thoughts, it wasn’t hard. That’s because I have thought them all! I caught myself thinking some of them this very day!
But I also knew what to do when those thoughts came up. Instead of letting them create pain and discouragement, I replaced them with thoughts that set up encouragement and progress in my mind. Circumstances didn’t change, just my thoughts….and attitude.
So now you know which thoughts to think: before, during and after T-Tapp!
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