The hardest part about running or getting to the gym can be the first steps you take out the door. Once you get going there’s no real turning back, but hat happens in the middle of your work-out or run when you start to give up? Your pace slows down or your form gets sloppy. Where is the motivation to give it your all in every moment? You start to tell yourself “Well at least I’m doing something”. Here are 4 mental exercises to practice the next time you start to ease up during your exercise session.
1. Count To 100
Focus on the steps you are taking, the reps you’re performing or your breathing. Count to 100 over and over again. This mental exercise can be extremely helpful during static holds such as a plank or an overhead hold as well as during distance running. This mental practice will give you something to concentrate on other than the physical pain you may be feeling. If you get board with this exercise than you’re not working hard enough or your programming needs a change.
2. Find A Catch Phrase
Find a mantra that resonates with you. It can be one word or a whole paragraph. Something that you find soothing to repeat over and over again until your work-out is through or you get a true second wind.
3. Picture Your Goals
You must have a reason or two for exercising. Call on those goals when you’re at your breaking point. Think about the pants that you can’t wait to fit into or the race you are preparing for. Think about how it will feel to achieve those goals and let that be your motivation for this work-out session.
4. Put It Into Perspective
Compare your work-out time to the rest of your day. Let’s say your exercise session is 45:00 long. That leaves 23Hrs and 15Min out of your day that you haven’t dedicated to exercising. Your work-out session really isn’t a lot of time in comparison to the rest of your day. Next time you want to drop out of that plank hold or let your form slip on a squat think of all the seconds, minutes, hours and days that you spend not working out. Learn to make the most out of your time.
“If you’re not going all the way, why go at all?”