Anything on your schedule, even just a physical activity that you usually love doing, maybe easily avoided by inventing reasons. This is because our thoughts play a critical role in getting us moving in the first place.
After a particularly hectic week, perhaps another one followed, and before you realized it, you hadn’t been to the gym for several consecutive weeks. That’s the same scenario I faced recently. I was overpowered by my mental hurdles keeping me from working out.
Regardless of the cause, there are strategies for getting yourself out of a fitness rut and establishing a long-term regimen. Before we get on to how I overcame the mental hurdles that stopped me from working out, we need to know what exactly a mental hurdle is.
What is a mental hurdle?
A mental barrier is not the same as a burst of motivational energy. Not having the motivation to keep up with your gym regimen might go hand in hand with having a mental block; however, the two don’t have to be connected.
For starters, you may desire to correct the situation, but whatever mental impediment is stepping in your way will prevent any attempt from being successful. I was stuck in my thoughts, making excuses daily to avoid the gym.
So a mental hurdle could be anything you make excuses for intentionally or unintentionally.
However, I think that some of the same techniques that can be used to fire your enthusiasm can also be utilized to overcome mental hurdles. Here are some effective strategies to help you get back on track to push through a plateau or get through some of the most challenging sections of your exercise session.
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Just stop making excuses right away
Make today the first day of the week, and start doing your thing. Just go ahead and get onto it. Maybe, a short walk around the neighborhood or a Yoga session. Following that, you can go for a jog, and then after 5-10 minutes, you might be strong enough to lift weights, swim laps, or do calisthenics for another 20-30 minutes.
It can be challenging to acknowledge that you are making excuses for not exercising at first. Still, you will always feel better physically and mentally after engaging in some form of corporeal activity.
Time management is amongst the most common mental hurdles; it was for me, at least. To overcome this, keep track of your daily activities for one week and schedule at least three 30-minute periods for physical activity throughout that time.
Choose activities you can incorporate into your daily routine at home or work so that you don’t have to waste time traveling to a different location to complete the task at hand.
For example, walking around your neighborhood, climbing the stairs at your workplace, or exercising when you watch television are all excellent options for getting your heart rate up.
Change the environment
You may have joined a gym because it appeared to be the most convenient method to get into shape, but if you aren’t feeling motivated to go to the gym, it may be time to reconsider your options.
I strongly propose that you contemplate what setting you do best in and create that atmosphere. There are many different types of training sessions. You might be completely alone, or you can be with a coach or trainer, or you might be part of a large group.
Make a note of whether you work best in a peaceful, relaxed environment or whether you require a little extra pressure to complete your tasks.
And what if you discover that your perfect environment isn’t the one you had in mind when you made your training plan? Examine how you might be able to improve it. For example, if you have discovered that you perform best in groups, your solitary runs may not be cutting it any longer. Instead, join a running club in your community or enlist the help of a few buddies to get you started.
At some stage in our fitness pursuit, we have pondered over, “I’m putting in a lot of effort, but I do not see any results!“
It’s essential to be patient. Several of the positive developments that occur due to increasing your physical activity will not be noticeable in the mirror as well as on the scale at first.
Everyone stands to lose weight in an instant and to be able to run harder and stronger right away. But reality doesn’t work that way. If you’re consistent, weight loss will occur, but it will take time to train your muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Make a game plan
If you are hitting the gym without a strategy, it is easy to become disoriented in your thoughts. Instead, concentrate on the events (run, swim, cycle, lift, and calisthenics), the repetitions, sets, intervals, and the speed you will maintain during the workout session.
If you put your mind into the intricacies of the workout, it will allow you to move toward it. All you need is a bit of focus, and you’ll have a higher chance of finishing it on time.
Objectives for each day
Having the intention to work out hard today is admirable; but, the reality is that working out hard may be exhausting at times. The natural tendency is to conclude that you’ve had enough and to call it a day after you’ve reached that first brick wall, which is understandable.
I’ve discovered that setting a specific goal for myself — whether it’s a certain amount of miles or reps on a machine — helps me push past the point at which I might otherwise give up.
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Find out why you do what you do
Although it may sound surprising, no one asks you to exercise. You’re doing this because you get a feeling of contentment out of it. Keep that in mind. Consider what you “like” about a challenging workout — perhaps, it is the only time throughout the day when you will not be glued to your computer.
Maybe you can start to experience the sensation of gaining muscle rather than simply thinking of it as a source of discomfort and discomfort.
Well, this mindset helped me overcome my mental hurdles, which changed my life. I hope this will help you too!