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