Being such an integrated part of the fitness world, we see and train with people from all walks of life – and we’ve seen people being trained by other organizations, too. The one thing that we’ve noticed most often is the utter lack of importance and attention given to mental training as compared to physical training.
Yes, physical fitness is essential for you to live a long and healthy life, yes, it does allow you to fight diseases, boost immunity, increase your overall strength and so much more, but the importance of physical fitness cannot possibly overshadow mental fitness.
One’s mental energy, their headspace, confidence, resilience, and focus are all core ingredients of a physically fit individual. They are what enable you to train the body to reach a physical fitness goal.
The reason why so many of us fail time and time again in our fitness journey is because we fail to take into account our mental status and training. We don’t realize that if we don’t have the mental strength to believe in our self, the confidence to tackle each workout, the knowledge that we can push through it, the resilience to bounce back every time we get knocked down and the focus to ensure that our entire concentration is on the task ahead in order to execute it perfectly, we may never be able to reach the goals that we aspire to achieve.
Realizing the importance of, and then beginning a thorough mental training routine to accompany the physical training routine is equally essential for every single one of us. We’ve put together and explained a few ways how you can accomplish just that.
People often are unable to achieve their targets because their minds are consistently crowded with a hundred and one different things at the same time. The best way to physically train to the best of your capacity you have to first train your mind to completely block out any and all distractions. If it’s the tangible distractions that take away your focus, such as other people, digital devices, or anything else, distance yourself from them physically to train better.
Sift Through Those Thoughts
Feelings, emotions, and thoughts are also one of the main reasons why we’re unable to do as well as we wanted to or hoped for. If you’ve had an argument with a loved one, you’re stressed about work, or any other cause is leading to you struggle with anger, frustration, stress, and any number of other emotions which effectively render you incapable of accomplishing what you strive for; take your time, think thoroughly, sift through your emotions and come to a resolution so that you may be able to move forth with full concentration.
Ease Your Mind
One of the best ways to train your mind to train your body is to relax it – completely. Meditation is a surefire way to accomplish just that. If you don’t believe in meditation, or find yourself unable to reach that state of relaxation, relax for five minutes with your head back, eyes closed and nothing but soothing music in your ears (or rain/white noise if that works for you). It’s tried and tested. All you have to do is just listen closely to what you’re hearing instead of hearing the thoughts in your head.
Practice and Practice Again
With anything, be it mental training or physical, there is absolutely nothing that you can accomplish in a few short hours or even just one day. You have to put in the time, energy and effort to achieve something. So if you don’t get something right the first time around, try, try and try again.