It will be no surprise to you when I say that your brain is in complete control when it comes to engineering an invention or creating a sculpture or painting. These activities require the brains’ full and undivided attention to perform our best and achieve our goals.
What may be a surprise however is that your brain is as in much control of your workout as it is when you are doing rocket science. How fast, how long and how intense of a workout you want is by in large determined by your brain and state of mind at the time.
For years it was believed by laymen and experts alike that our body begins to shut down in response to muscle fatigue and over use due to lack of oxygen. What recently has been found however is that our brains in fact control this, and that they instruct our body to cease exercising as a preventative measure. We know this because in testing endurance athletes, they tend to stop performing well before their muscles are depleted of oxygen as we expected.
With that being said, we now know for certain that being mentally tough and prepared can help you get the most out of your workout.
I Don’t Have the Time Excuse
This is the most common excuse that people use today to get out of their workout routine. The fact of the matter is that there are plenty of exercise programs and routines on the market that are specifically designed for this type of person in mind, many of these programs being effective.
Studies show that Americans have a lot more free time than they think they do, in most cases close to double. The problem is that most of this free time comes in small chunks, and is usually not one large block of free time.
The solution to this is to choose a workout that fits your schedule. Actually sit down, plan and write out when you are going to exercise, where you are going to exercise and what routine you are going to do that day. This is so that all the preparation and planning is done ahead of time and you can just hope right in to your workout routine.
Since our free time is limited and we are only available at very specific times of day, it is best to tailor out workout around this schedule. For example, if you have a half hour of free time one morning and then again later on that evening, you want to do the more strenuous exercise in the morning so that you aren’t up all night. You can schedule moderate to light exercises at night to wind things down and make it easier for you to fall asleep as well.
It is also important to keep a diary or log of your daily routine and the progress you made. This will make it very easy to determine exactly what progress you made in what frame of time, giving you a good idea of how to go forward as well.
Take note at the end of each week to see how you’ve progressed. Chances are with this method you will be making more progress than anticipated, and you can then modify your routine to progress even further at a much faster pace as well.
Workouts Aren’t Fun
Planning out a workout routine can be tiresome and boring. Then trying to do the workout itself by yourself can be intimidating and challenging. One way to get around this is to get a friend to workout with you. Doing the routine with someone else along with you makes it seem like it is more manageable, and gives you the confidence to do so.
Exercising with a friend can turn your workout from something you dread to something you look forward to day in and day out.