Have you gone mental?

In my last blog entry I gave some of my favorite suggestions when being interrogated…..er…..I mean asked about various fitness topics.  So I thought I would continue with that…..sorta.

Here are some thoughts on mind set.  So on with the randomness.

Health and fitness is very much a mind game.  For example,  let’s say I give you an exercise to do but I don’t count out loud.  Now you’ll probably have some number in your head of how many you think you can do.  And of course the closer you get to this number the more fatigued you feel.  And now let’s say that just when you get to that number I say give me 3 more.

Some how, some way you miraculously pull out 3 more from outta nowhere.

Why is that?

Maybe it’s because you don’t wanna look like a wuss in front of the trainer.  Could be.  But how the heck did I know you had exactly 3 more in you?  Honestly, I didn’t.

As trainers, we can pick up on physical cues that let us know when you have and haven’t reached exhaustion but for all I know you might could have cranked out 5 more.

I say all this to bring up one major point.

You are capable of far more than you think.

Whether it’s your eating plan, work outs or just your day to day life, the way you mentally perceive things is going to have a huge impact on your results.

We’ve all heard the stories and sayings about “positive thinking” that give you the warm fuzzies.  But what I’m talking about is the mentality that athletes have, and that is “I am not going to let them/this beat me”.

You may actually get to the point where you are mad.  Now that can be pretty intense and you may want to stay out of those peoples way!  Just kidding, but you can definitely tell who those people are by how dedicated they are.

So it all comes down to this.  Are you willing to make that decision?   To finally be fed up with where you are now.   To take control of your situations and dictate your outcome instead of vice versa.  It’s very true that the only person who can beat you is you.

Doug Hammond
Fitness Coach
Raising The Barr Fitness

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