You may have heard the term "manifestation" sometime in the past year. It's become quite the buzzword as brands and companies are capitalizing on manifestation classes and seminars. It can all sound a bit woo, especially when talking about health and fitness. Can manifestation really impact our workouts?
While there may not be concrete science or data, we know that our minds are powerful tools and that mental health is an essential component to overall wellness. Perhaps then manifestation can positively impact our health and fitness journey.
When we're talking about manifestation, we're simply referring to the act of envisioning ourselves reaching our goals. Think about it like this:
Imagine you're climbing up a mountain, and the incline is steep—very steep. To push through, you focus on one picture: You standing at the top, smiling for a camera or snacking on a Vukoo bar. You use this vision to propel you forward. You manifest how it will feel when you reach your goal and use that to push through what feels hard in the moment.
This is one way to practice manifestation. See, it's not super woo, just a simple tool to help you focus on your goals and achieve them!
It's like the lyrics to R Kelly's song: If I can see it, then I can be it.
How to Practice Manifestation
If you're looking to try manifestation for the first time, here are two simple ideas to help get you started:
1. Start a manifestation journal
If you like writing, consider keeping a manifestation diary and write about where you see yourself in the future. Use present-tense sentences to help yourself focus on making those goals a reality.
For example, "In one year, I am running a marathon in the mountains of Colorado."
2. Create a vision board
If you're more of a visual person, create a wellness vision board that you can revisit each day. Your vision board can include quotes, images, magazine cutouts—whatever you'd like! Focus on building a board that reflects where you see yourself in the future.