6 Tips For Building Mental Muscle

Thursday, February 13, 2020, in Wellness, Mindset by

Changing your body can often mean changing your mind too. It can be an uphill battle at the best of times, but without the right mindset, you may never get to your transformation peak. By building ‘mental muscle’ and training the mind to support your exercise, you will be well on your way to achieving your goals. Here’s a few tips to get you started:

 

1. WRITE DOWN YOUR GOAL

Don’t just make a mental commitment. Write down your goal and remind yourself often by displaying it in as many spots as you can; on the fridge, the bathroom mirror or even set your iPhone background. Write your goals as if they have already happened. For example, instead of “I would like to be 65kg by July”, say “I will be 65kg by July”.

 

2. CREATE A CATCH PHRASE

Find a word or a quote that resonates with you and say it to yourself in the moments when your mind starts telling you “I’m too tired” or “I don’t have time”. Recognise these negative thoughts and use your catch phrase to consciously shut them down.

 

3. VISUALSE

There is nothing more powerful than your imagination. Picture yourself smashing out your next set of reps, walking out of the gym after a great workout, overcoming a setback, and ultimately, achieving your goal.

 

4. BUILD MENTAL TOUGHNESS

Look at every workout as a challenge rather than a threat and rise to the occasion. The feeling of accomplishment will do wonders for your mindset. Every action you take to move towards achieveing your goal is a good one.

 

5. STAY POSITIVE

The moment you begin to say “I will never weigh 65kg” is the moment you will convince yourself you won’t.

 

6. SHARE YOUR GOALS

By sharing your thoughts with someone you trust, you can stay accountable to your goals. This might be a professional (like a personal trainer), a partner or a close friend. When things are difficult, when temptation is rearing its ugly head, they are the ones that will encourage you to stay on track.

Michael Cunico is the National Fitness Manager for Fitness First Australia. In this role he develops fitness products and programming throughout Fitness First clubs both here in Australia and abroad. He has overseen the development of thousands of personal trainers through his involvement with Fitness First’s induction and development programs.

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