When looking into a training regimen, you must be ready not only to commit physically, but also mentally. Training does not end when the cool down ends, nor does it start when you lace up your shoes. It is a 24/7, 7 days a week, 12 months out of the year process.
Your mind is the only thing keeping you from eating a Big Mac and a large fry. Your mind is the only thing keeping you from hitting your next weightlifting PR. Your mind must be able to withstand the everyday temptations, fight off the constant negative self-talk and prepare your mind for the trials of the day - big or small.
Here are some simply ways to fortify your mind in preparation for the day:
Create a Morning Routine
Start with making your bed. This is the first thing that you can accomplish right off the bat. You feel successful. Your day is structured and you can prioritize your schedule to ensure you are as efficient as possible!
Start with Meditation
Meditation is key when it comes to training your mind. By sitting there in the quiet, we learn how to deal with our inner dialogue, whether it is positive or negative. The key is how you shift your thoughts to become positive and work for you rather than against you. This can be part of your morning routine, so you don’t cheat yourself out of that time. Start small with 5 to 10 minutes and build up as you go. Eventually you will relish this time. If you aren’t sure exactly how to start, there are apps that can help you start meditating and then you can take it from there.
Flex Your Mental Muscles
Just as you train your body, you must also train your mind. Get those neurons pulsing as you create new pathways by continuing to learn. This can be done through listening to podcasts centered around learning, even if it is a short 10 minute episode. Additionally, focus in on these four topics:
Concentration is allowing your brain to recall things and assist our memory. When your brain is not clear, your concentration falters.
Clarity is when your brain is fully alert and engaged. This also includes memory recall, thinking on your feet and clear judgment.
Equanimity is the even-minded mental state or disposition toward all experiences or objects regardless of how they affect you. Meaning how you feel based on an action. You are in control no matter whether it has a positive, negative, or neutral effect on you.
Compassion for yourself and others helps in training your brain to default to positive reactions in adverse situations.
One of the benefits of working directly with Body Renovation Fitness Center is that we encourage training your mind. When you sign-up for our classes whether private or in a group, we send out weekly inspirational emails and monthly newsletters regarding health. Both are tools to use when working to train your body.
If you are looking for a personal workout and nutrition plan to help you train not just your body, but your mind, please reach out to Body Renovation Fitness Center. Our experts specialize in personal training and nutrition plans to meet your every goal! Feel free to schedule a free evaluation at our website or give us a call at 214-368-3539.