The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen!!!
We all know that changing your diet and exercising are 2 of the main ways to make a change in your body and/or fitness regime. The lesser known tool that many people overlook is how to use your MIND to achieve better fitness results!!
We ALL want to see results in the gym (otherwise, what’s the point?), and the concepts described below will point you in the right direction to achieve the desired outcome.
It is commonly known, that the major principles of weight loss and improving your fitness regime, are thru dietary modification and physical exercise. Holistic Warriors is here to tell you about another overlooked factor, which might just be the most important of all- Mental Training.
The role the mind plays in your body’s physical performance (whether it is in sports performance or just general fitness) cannot be understated. Holistic Warriors is going show you how harnessing your mental powers enables you to achieve your fitness goal.
4 Ways tо Use Your Mind to Enhance Your Fitness Results:( courtesy Wb MD & Johnson Fitness):
1. Emulate the Exercises you’re about to do.
It sounds silly, but picturing yourself doing the exercises you’re preparing to do (squats, push-ups, lunges, etc) actually helps your mind get ready to do them. You can actually improve your performance by just simply replicating these movements in your mind over and over. You can do this while driving to the gym, and even while you’re warming up.
2. Learn to manage your Thoughts.
Remind yourself why you are doing this. What’s your ultimate goal? What does it feel like when you think about reaching that goal? Feed your mind with positive images and outstanding results. Once again, we are not magicians, but the little impacts of changing your thoughts to positive ones will elicit better results (and a happier life in general). For example, instead of thinking about how difficult squats will be, think about how well you’re going to do them. Even if you don’t believe it, continue to flip the negative thoughts into positive ones.
3. Make Sure You’re Moving Properly.
All the practice in the world won’t help if you’re doing a movement incorrectly (and potentially in a harmful position). This can be worked on with a Personal Trainer or someone that you trust knows what they’re doing. If you’re not sure, it’s always best to work on it with someone who can help. Practicing makes you better at whatever you’re practicing. If you’re practicing something incorrectly, you’ll get very good at doing it incorrectly and vice versa.
4. Keep a Log or Journal of your Workouts.
Recording the weights used, number of reps completed, rest times, and any other data that pertains to the workout you’re doing will help you to progress over time. It’s impossible to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. It also helps you to push a little harder each workout. If you got 10 reps last time you did squats with a certain weight, maybe you’ll try to get 12 reps this week. In addition, physically seeing the numbers on paper will help you to progress and get stronger. It won’t be linear, but keeping track and trying to better yourself each time , will allow you to make improvements in the long run.
Fitness…it all starts in the Mind 🧠