Olivia Munn Shares the Eyebrow-Raising Trick That Gets Her to the Gym Every Day

olivia munnWhen it comes to working out, it's just too easy to hit your snooze button, promise yourself you'll hit the gym extra-hard tomorrow, or text your running pals and say, "Sorry, maybe next time." Believe it or not, celebs "yo-yo" in their exercise habits, too. And how do they motivate themselves? Well, for Magic Mike XXL star Olivia Munn, hypnotism is what gets her to the gym.


Yes, really.

Olivia, who appears on the August cover of Good Housekeeping, tells the magazine that her bizarre trick actually WORKS like an, er, dream.

Olivia explained that she's been seeing a hypnotist to deal with her obsessive-compulsive disorder and trichotillomania, a mental health condition that causes her to pull out her own hair. The 35-year-old actress also battles anxiety AND depression.

Recently, when she mentioned to her hypnotist that she'd been lax in working out, he suggested giving her a subliminal message to do so.

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The actress explains:

I'm not exaggerating. That was on a Friday, and by Monday, I was working out every day at 6 a.m.

And it's not just a routine, but strength she's gained. "I remember running up the steps one day and thinking, 'This is strange,'" she says. "'I could do this a hundred times and be OK.'"

Before you start snickering -- thinking of the stereotypical huckster who waves a pocket watch and commands his poor victim to "bock like a chicken on the count of three" -- let's consider the research that SUPPORTS hypnosis. Because there's actually a good amount.

In fact, we've all naturally been in a hypnotic state at some point in our daily lives -- whether so engrossed in a book that we lose track of time, or on such auto-pilot in the car that we don't remember driving somewhere.

Hypnosis isn't truth serum. It creates a highly relaxed state that makes you hyper-attentive to certain suggestions. (Such as "Go to the gym every day!") There's evidence hypnotism can treat pain, anxiety, depression, and phobias.

And as for the explanation that hypnosis only works because of the placebo effect -- i.e., simply believing it's going to work makes it so? Yeah, we're guilty of thinking this, too. But apparently, there's no relation between the two.

So have a great workout tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that, Olivia! We're on our way to the hypnotist, too.


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