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Overcoming Those Mindless
Olivia Newton John had the
Let’s get physical.
But as we prepare to go ‘mental’ in our next grind
session, we know that it is equally important to prepare your
delicate psyche for those ravaging workouts. After all,
bodybuilding is all just a question of mind over matter.
There are many stumbling blocks when it comes to preparing mentally
for a workout, whether it be the weather outside, personal
problems, or a lousy diet.
If you’re been feeling down every time you wander into the
gym lately, here are a couple of elements that could be factoring
in on your uninspired attitude. And there are many ways to get your
attitude – and the weights – back into an upswing.
- Mental stress – The job may have your mind zig-zagging
around like a fighter jet. Maybe that long-term relationship has
gone sour or your favorite football team has been knocked out of
the playoffs. Who knows? The point is, if your mind is anywhere but
in your workout, your body may as well not be there, either.
- Diet – Your mother used to lecture you all the time on
this. Too much sugar is not good for you. Well, she was right. But
the sweet stuff isn’t the only detriment that could be
poisoning your mind. Overdosing on fats and sodium or deficiencies
of proteins and carbohydrates will also leave you feeling mentally
tired and lifeless.
- Injuries and sickness – It could be as serious as the
stress fracture in your leg or as trivial as the aching in your
head. It doesn’t really matter. Nothing will divert you from
mentally focusing on your workout the way a nagging, discomforting
- A negative attitude – Too much pessimism and not enough
optimism can badly warp your workouts. You need to find a healthy
balance of confidence, enthusiasm, and realism to vault your
workouts to the next level and propel yourself out of that rut.
Finally, after your mind is set and your head is focused on your
workout endeavors, it’s time to let your body talk.
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