Mental training to reach your fitness goal
You always hear coaches say to their players “get your head in the game” to get them more focused. This advice can be used in your workouts:
- To reach your goal you should set both short-term and long-term goals based on your current fitness level. As you reach a goal you should celebrate it and re-set it. For your goal to be effective it should meet this 5 criterias:
Relevant: this goal should be important to your life
Specific: Specify the goal, for example: in 1 month from today my goal is to run 5km in 20 minutes.
Measurable: The goal should be something that you can see and measure, for example 5km in 20 min or a weight loss.
Attainable: The goal should be a challenge, but it should be realistic and possible to reach.
Time-Bound: set a realistic time period to achieve your goal, it should not be without a time limit as it can lead to procrastination.
- Identify what kind of mental preperation gets you psyched before your workouts, is it focus on breathing to calm down and concentrate or pumping uplifting music.
- Use a mantra and repeat it, it should be a statement that uplifts you and something that you know you can do. This helps you to get a positive attitude and belief in yourself. As you reach your goals this will grow stronger.
- As you train your body to stay strong you also need to train your mind to stay strong, mental toughness is something you need to practice and it is a strong mindset that helps you stay focused, determined and confident. Use self-talk to motivate yourself and keep your confidence high. Train your mind to be positive, remind yourself often of your accomplishments, skills and your goals.
- Train your mind with mental imagery, picture yourself reaching every goal that you set, weather is a 5km run in 20 min or a squat with 120kg and you get that image up anytime you need to refocus during workout. no matter what goal, just picture yourself that you reach it