Getting Mentally Prepared To Workout
Although you might not need to demonstrate mental toughness on the athletic field, you need mental strength to be a champion at whatever it is you do in life. Whether you’re an accountant gearing up for the busy tax season, or you’re the CEO of a successful company, your brain can be your best asset or your worst enemy.
Here are brain exercises that will train your brain to perform at your peak:
1 – Find a reason to get fit.
Motivation is the key to making any life change. Whether it is running a marathon or fitting into that little black dress, it is important for you to identify why it is you want to make a change. We know working out leads to improved health, confidence and longevity but sometimes those reasons aren’t quite enough. Dig deep. Once you unearth your reason, hold on to it tightly! It will be what gets you through those days when you’d rather eat rocks than go to the gym.
2 – Playing to win.
It’s doubtful Brady entered the second half of the game telling himself, “I hope we don’t embarrass ourselves.” Judging by his poised determination, it’s much more likely he was focused on winning.
Researchers from the Institute of Sport in England discovered that a simple shift in the way you think about your performance makes a big difference in the outcome. If you walk into a situation thinking, “I hope I don’t lose,” you’ll actually perform worse than if you think, “I’m here to win.”
Take a deep breath and say, “I’m going to do well.” That slight change in your thought process will increase your chances of success.
3 – Practice mindfulness.
Studies show mindfulness changes that way the brain responds to stress. That’s why the military has started teaching mindfulness to soldiers prior to deployment–gaining better control over their brains helps soldiers respond to difficult situations with less anxiety.
Athletes ranging from Kobe Bryant to Derek Jeter incorporated meditation into their training routines. Phil Jackson, former coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, says teaching his players mindfulness helped him earn 11 NBA titles as a coach.
Clearly, raising your awareness of the present moment gives you a major competitive advantage in today’s distracted world.
4 – Visualize success.
In an interview with Mind body green, Most olympic gold medalist say, “By the time I get to the start gate, I’ve run that race 100 times already in my head, picturing how I’ll take the turns.” Mental imagery has a profound effect on the way your body behaves.
Studies consistently show that no matter your skill level, visualizing yourself going through the motions will help you do better. Whether you’re about to ask for a raise or you’re giving an important presentation, imagine yourself going through the motions. Thinking about each step of the way can help you perform at your peak.
5 – Use positive self-talk.
When asked about his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, Lebron James told reporters, “I wanted to do what’s best for LeBron James and do what makes LeBron James happy.”
6 – Plan for setbacks.
We are all only human. Although you’d love to hit the gym and be able to easily do a series of complex and intense workouts the reality is, you won’t be able to at first. And even after time, there will still be things you can’t do and places you struggle. If you make these failures just part of the plan, you’ll be better able to move beyond them. Sometimes your body says ‘no,’ that isn’t the same as giving up or failing to even try.
Initially, social media began buzzing with questions about why he referred to himself in the third person. Although some people suspected he was losing touch with reality, the truth was, talking to himself in the third person was likely part of his key to success.
Studies have found that talking to yourself in the third person reduces anxiety and helps you make better decisions. So rather than saying, “I can do this,” call yourself by name. As strange as it sounds, saying your own name will help you regulate your emotions so you can focus your energy on the task at hand.
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