Working out is easy, eating healthy is tough but it’s the mind that is the hardest to train. You can get on the Elliptical for an hour and lift weights five days a week but if you don’t get a grip on your mental fitness you will struggle every inch of the way to reach your goals.
Here are the things I’ve learned from my own life and in observing my clients that might help you conquer the mental game.
- Make peace with failure. I’ve competed in about five bodybuilding competitions and never won first place. I’ve done duathlons and powerlifting competitions where I’ve won some and lost many.
My first duathlon I rode the entire race with the front brake on. Talk about feeling like a novice! The whole race I was so confused why everyone was passing me;) LOL I learned from that experience and never repeated that again!
If you’re new to the gym or trying a new sport, don’t expect yourself to be an expert overnight. Give yourself time to learn, consider getting a coach or personal trainer and don’t be afraid to fail.
2. Your mind quits long before your body does.
This was something my triathlon coach would often say to our team during training. He would usually say this when we were all dog tired and he would challenge us to pick up our pace. He was right, I found that my body could go harder. His influence helped me reach another fitness level, become a better athlete and personal trainer.
This is one of my client’s who came to me with goals that she wanted to accomplish. I would be doing her a disservice if I didn’t challenge her to push past her comfort zones. We are always able to laugh, but we mean business;)
There is going to be discomfort, the mind will scream ‘STOP! That’s enough!’ There can be no change if there is no challenge.
Hire a personal trainer, get a workout partner or join a fitness group that will call your bluff. Think about it – your last workout did you give yourself an out to stop? A good personal trainer will know when you can do more and push you to achieve your best.
- What helps me to always give my personal best is to ask myself, “can I go one more minute? Can I do two more reps?”
- If you’ve been doing the same 3 sets of 12 for months, make it 4 sets of 12. If you’ve been running at the same pace on the treadmill, increase your pace or add more of an incline.
3. When your focus stops your power stops. The past few months my mental motivation has been slipping and I’ve had a harder time getting to the gym. I’m realizing that because I’m always multitasking I’m mentally exhausted.
There is value in focusing on one thing at a time. Focusing the mind helps you be more at ease in the present in the moment. Focused attention slows the clock down and makes life more full. My personal goal is to focus in on one task to help me regain my mojo and bust through my mental blocks.
Feel free to comment what ideas you will try. Remember….