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Mind Over Matter

Timeless Fitness Tips...

Mind over matter can help you get through every day with a better attitude which results in a better you.

A physician once informed me that 90 percent of illnesses were "in the head" or created by the mind. That's one hefty number!

So if it's true that "mind over matter" works, let's figure out how to mind those matters. Apparently it's all in the attitude...

Mind Over Matter

Tips For Mind Over Matter

  • Do something daily that will make you laugh aloud.
  • Make funny friends.
  • Put up a humor bulletin board and post funny cartoons, sayings, postcards, etc.
  • Smile at least once every hour -- even if you are alone.
  • Encourage yourself to make more mistakes!
  • Take more risks -- not dangerous risks, though.
  • If you must worry, worry about only one thing at a time.
  • Rent or buy a relaxation yoga or stress management video.
  • Hug a loved one, friend or pet every day.
  • Learn to say "no" without feeling guilty.
  • Take a walk whenever you feel stressed. Notice the beauty of nature while walking.
  • Focus on what went right every day instead of what went wrong.
  • Make a list of all the things you like about yourself.
  • Stop and smell the roses, and plant a rose bush if you cannot find any roses to smell. If you are allergic to flowers or just do not care for the smell of roses, find something peppermint to smell.
  • Watch an entire sunset uninterrupted, at least once every season.
  • Spend one night a week without the television on. Read, clean, cook, talk to friends and loved ones on the telephone, write some letters, have a night of romance with that special someone or indulge yourself in some pampering.
  • Find at least five nutritious foods you actually enjoy and eat them at least a coupe times a week.
  • Do not feel guilty about dietary slip-ups. Just start over - no regrets. We all do this, it is called being human and does not mean you are weak by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Walk to more places, like the store, a friend's house, the post office, etc.

Mind Over Matter for Sports Skills

When learning sports skills, you need to keep a positive attitude and perform well under pressure. These steps can help you do that. Older adults have proven they learn to putt better in golf when applying these five steps. Try them while you are practicing and while you are playing!

Good attitude makes you a winner!

Step One: Get Ready. Relax your mind and body with a few deep, slow breaths. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Shake your arms to release tension.

Step Two: Visualize in your mind, picture yourself performing the skill perfectly. You are more likely to succeed if you can see it in your mind. In other words, believe in your own ability!

Step Three: Focus. Hone your attention on one specific element. If you are putting, focus on the dimples on the golf ball. This helps block out distractions.

Step Four: Just do it! Perform the skill without thinking about it. Although people tend to focus their attention on the mechanics of the task at hand, performance actually improves when you let the skill come naturally without giving too much thought to it.

Step Five: Evaluate the situation. Step back, evaluate what happened. If you were serving a tennis ball, did it make it over the net? Did it stay in bounds? If yes, give yourself a pat on the back. If not, make a mental note of the adjustments you need to make and start at the beginning.

Relationship Refreshers

  • Spend ten minutes finding out about your partner's day.
  • Surprise each other with a small treat or favor -- or a hug.
  • Pay sincere compliments to your partner.
  • Stop what you are doing briefly to focus on one another during hellos and good-byes.
  • Get out of your home together regularily, even if it is only for a short time.
  • Try to ignore the trivial annoyances in life.
  • Share some plans and dreams for the future.