Willpower is one of the most important things to have when getting fit, whether you’re planning on running a marathon or losing 20 pounds. These tips for building your mental stamina should really help keep you dedicated to reaching your fitness goals. Self-confidence is key to workout success. Remember to think positively about being healthy, being fit and being yourself.
When negative thoughts creep in, squash them right away with positives ones. Replacing negativity with positivity will improve your overall outlook on everything and pull you out of those horrible “funks” that make you want to give up on pursuing your physical fitness or any difficult situation. Always keep in mind how much better you’ve felt when you’ve completed a task and use visualization to stick to your fitness goals. You can imagine winning an important race, prestigious competition or even picture someone who you admire, that you’d want to look like to boost your confidence. Tell yourself that you’re capable of anything you put your mind to.
You can also visualize past achievements to get a burst of energy from thinking about your success. Picturing an end goal might just be that extra push you need. Set short term goals to help keep on track, and recognize that your progress no matter how small is worth praise because it is one step in the right direction. While you don’t want to expect setbacks as it may seem depressing, it’s important to prepare for them, “grind them up” so to speak, and leave them in the past if they happen. Do not beat yourself up if you hit a low point or cheat on your diet. It’s a mistake in the moment, and the moment will be gone before you know it. You can try and do a little extra physical exercise or eat even healthier at your next meal. If you periodically give yourself rewards it may help you stay on track. Sticking to this method will help you look and feel better. Physical fitness also has a very positive effect on your mental health.
Tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity to get right back on track on your path to a better you mentally and physically. Use a mantra, which is a sacred verbal formula repeated in meditation or affirmation to get through the rough patches. An affirmation is a positive declaration or a true statement. Repeat encouraging phrases like “I can do this,” or “power through it,” to yourself. With practice, you’ll learn to manifest your willpower when you need it, and finally, get to bed on time. The more sleep you get, the easier it is for your brain to focus. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night will increase your reaction time. It will speed muscle growth, and boost overall performance. Just don’t waste the whole day away with too much sleep. With these simple tips, you can fine tune your mental stamina and find the dedication you need to reach your fitness goals and feel amazing.