Although different aspects of your being operate independently, they're still
connected. At some point, they come together to create the best being possible. That
explains why your physical and mental states are co-related. Balance in one area is
easily transferred to another.
Are you experiencing situations that put a strain on your mental processes? Do you
feel stressed out and unable to make decisions? Mental toughness can be difficult to
acquire, but it's much easier if you focus on achieving physical fitness first.
By ensuring your body is strong, challenged, and fully tuned, you can encourage mental
toughness and realise awesome physical achievements.
Try these strategies to strengthen both your mental and physical fitness:
1. Make your workouts uncomfortable. It's important to challenge yourself.
Instead of doing what you know you can, test your limits. Keep changing the
game so you build determination.
Develop an indomitable spirit by jogging outdoors during winter instead
of on the treadmill. It's easy and comfortable to use the treadmill. Running
outside in cold climates tests your limits. It also allows you to feel
confident in your abilities when you succeed.
Fitness challenges help you transfer that confidence and determination to
other parts of your life. Uncomfortable life situations can really take a toll.
But you've already overcome fitness challenges. Now, you can use those
victories to equip you with coping mechanisms for mentally challenging situations.
2. Participate in physical competitions. Competitions are usually intimidating,
especially if you have a formidable opponent. But as you participate in more
competitions, your self-esteem develops at the same time.
Invite someone who is better at a challenge than you to a contest. Having
that person as an opponent helps you readily identify your shortcomings
and strengthen your skills.
As you compete, you come to terms with your abilities. And although you
may be less impressive than your opponent, you can truly develop an
appreciation for the level you've reached.
In all your competitions, avoid allowing pride to push you beyond your
limits. You probably want to prove that you're solid competition. But
avoid doing so at risk of hurting yourself physically.
3. Take part in speed training. You may have other strong suits that don’t include
being fast on your feet. But you'd be surprised how much speed training can
help you mentally. Practising sprints and trying to shorten reaction time can
help you work more efficiently.
When you develop a quick reaction time, it's easier for you to make good
decisions under pressure.
Speed training also helps you to work quickly and accurately. It's great if you
can speed through tasks. But it's even better if your accuracy level is
always high. Develop an effective combination through speed training.
Take the time today to acknowledge the connection between your mind and body.
They support each other on a day to day basis. Be sure your mind functions optimally
by keeping your body in tune. Your professional life and personal life will both benefit.