The road to fitness is a difficult and trying journey. And when you put in the work and don’t see the results the want, it can take a toll on your motivation. But one of the keys to staying fit is making sure you are mentally strong and mentally prepared.
If you are finding it harder and harder to push yourself and stick with that fitness routine, you may just need to boost your mental toughness a bit. But how exactly do strengthen your mind when it comes to fitness? Well there are a few tips and tricks that can help you stay mentally strong in the face of a tough workout.
#1: Be Positive
I know this one seems a bit cliché but honestly it can make a world of a difference. If you are constantly putting yourself down, then there is no way you are going to be able to push yourself that extra mile. You need to focus on the positive and encouraging thoughts when it comes to fitness.
An easy way to stay in a positive frame of mind is to create a mission statement that gets you pumped up. Take the time to consider your reason for running a marathon, competing in a particular contest, gaining 10 pounds of muscle, or whatever your goal. If you have a powerful reason why, you can get through anything. Make this ‘why’ your mission statement and repeat it to yourself during your training. Anytime you catch yourself slacking, questioning your motivation, or feeling like you want to quit, repeat your mission statement.
Variety plays a huge part when it comes to fitness. When you get too comfortable in a fitness routine, you stop pushing yourself. This in turn, greatly decreases your progress. Your brain appreciates variety in everything, including fitness.
In fact, one key factor in keeping our brains healthy is a variety in social life, exercise routines, and even travel routes. So mix it up a bit, try some new exercises. Experimenting will help strengthen your mind and boost your motivation.
#3: Be Prepared
Endurance athletes have a saying: “Nothing new on race day.” Meaning if you’ve prepared yourself for everything, you’ll be ready for anything. You should know well ahead of a race what you are going to eat, wear, and even think about that day.
Naturally, you can’t be prepared for every eventuality, but try to be anyway. Anticipate any problems that could arise, and have a solution in mind. Knowing you have done everything possible to get to your goal will help you mentally. When it comes to the event you are training for, you can go into it with peace of mind. Once you have that, you’ll be surprised by just how far you can go.
Various forms of meditation have been used for thousands of years for almost any purpose you can fathom, including reduction of stress, enhanced mental clarity, and simple relaxation. Meditation can help calm your mind and help you better picture your goal.
Meditating helps you keep focused and motivated, even when things aren’t going your way. So if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by your fitness journey, just take a breath. Take some time to focus on your goal and clear your mind, that way you can push through the difficulties that block your way.
Staying mentally strong is a huge part of fitness, and it can help you make progress more efficiently. While it’s not always easy, there are a few tips that can help toughen your mind. Being positive, prepared, having a variety, and meditating are just a few basic ways to strengthen your mind.