Mission: Can I Get Kelly Ripa's Body?
One writer's journey to find strength (and a thinner waistline?) through the celebrity-worshiped fitness workout, Physique 57
How to change your mindset to change your bodyI decide to speak to a psychologist about my struggles. I want to know how to keep up my motivation and not let myself give in to my tendency to give up on physical exercise. Richard Rogal, MD, a psychotherapist in Beverly Hills, Calif., says I need to not only change up my routine, but my thinking. How, specifically, can I do that, I ask?
Work with your tendencies, not against them: Typically I feel much better in the morning than I do after a long, grueling day of work. Dr. Rogal says to plan physical activity for times of the day when I'm naturally feeling energetic, which means switching my Physique classes from evening to mornings.
Team up: Remember how I said my friend Tricia attends Physique too? Well Dr. Rogal suggests I start going with her. Not only will the camaraderie and encouragement keep me going strong, it will make working out fun, too.
Set realistic goals: If your mental bar is too high, you're naturally going to want to give up, says the doctor. The fact that I started this journey with the mindset that I was going to get a body like Kelly Ripa's, or any celeb's for that matter, is ludicrous. "It's your body," says Rogal. "Make it strong and make it healthy, that's all you need to be concerned with." Touché, doctor, touché.
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