When it comes to keeping your fitness in check, or anything else in life, it’s crucial to always stay on your mental game. That means always being positive and believing in yourself.
For beginners, whether you plan to compete or not, adjusting to a fitness lifestyle and setting specific goals can be mentally challenging. Incorporating useful tools to fight the inevitable negativity is just as important as planning your diet and training.
When you don’t stay on your mental game, it not only causes you to feel sluggish and foggy, it can also raise your cortisol (stress hormone) levels. Here are a few tips to help you stay mentally focused, positive, and consist on your path to a functional fitness lifestyle:
- Keep a journal or make a priority list: Using a journal is great for life in general, whether for fitness and competition or regular daily life. Some of the most successful people in the world know that writing down thoughts or tasks takes stress off the mind. Giving yourself this peace of mind gives you a release through writing and is a great way to refresh your psyche and ultimately be more productive.
- Prepare ahead of time: Find the time to prepare for the next day. For example, always prepare your meals in advance. Have a lunchbox or bag within easy access for those times when you’re on the go, and if you use supplements, use a carrying case or a pill organizer of some sort. Another tip for those on the go, keep an extra workout outfit in your car, including gym shoes. That way you’ll have no excuses to fall back on.
- Use positive affirmations: Always follow a mantra that you’ll stick to. You don’t have to be Shakespeare to make a simple quote for yourself that keeps you going even when you feel off track. Even something as simple as “I got this,” “you can do it,” or “I will be okay” can help you stay on your mental game.
- Push yourself even when you’re not 100%: In addition to the previous tip about positive affirmations, always push yourself even when you don’t feel like working out. Simply “having a bad day” is no excuse to let things slip. You’ll find that when you’re having a bad day, if you push yourself through a workout, you’ll suddenly realize the day isn’t so bad. The rush of endorphins will eventually win over any negativity and it will make you feel mentally stronger than you may have thought you were. Plus, it can give you the confidence of knowing you can accomplish whatever you truly want.
- Pamper for yourself: Even though you should always push yourself through scheduled workouts, there are times when you obviously need to give your body and mind a break. Plan occasional rest days and take time to do something that makes you feel great. Some people enjoy watching sports, cooking, going to a spa, getting a massage, taking bath, and the list goes on. The point is, when you’re working hard and dedicating time to bettering yourself, it takes up a lot of time and effort. Make sure to find time to reward yourself with some relaxation once in a while.
I hope this list helps any of you who feel like you really need that extra push to stay on your mental game. Even if everything’s going great, these tips might make things even better. And if you have high stress even with following all these tips, consider supplementing your diet with Cortstat, which specifically fights the negative effects of stress hormones.
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