Are You Mentally Ready to Exercise?

Posted on April 3rd, 2011 by Mic in Fitness Model Workout Ideas

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Are you mentally ready to exercise?

Hi,

It was just this morning and I had finished my exercise and was heading to the locker room. 

At the other end of the gym an exercise class was getting started in a few minutes (it was just before 8am).

As I was heading to the locker room some woman almost knocked me down in such a rush to get to the exercise class. 

I just had to smile.  Type A personality right there in the gym.  So, is that so bad?

Yeah, it is. 

The whole idea of exercising is to help your body (and mind and spirit) become healthier, stronger and fitter.   And you will also feel better and more relaxed. 

However, if you go to the gym and you are super hyped and stressed out because you might be a minute or so late, or because of something that happened at work then your time in the gym will not be as productive. 

Yes, working out can help relieve some of that stress.  But, not all of it.  

You will have a much more productive exercise session if you are prepared for the exercise session before you go there. 

I remember several times when I was teaching martial arts at UC
Berkeley that some of the students would come to the class and just be out of sorts. 

They couldn’t concentrate, they couldn’t pay attention and their attitude affected others around them.  I would always draw them aside and tell them that they have to leave everything outside the room. 

I even made them bow out and go outside the room, do some deep breathing exercises and then come back in when they could leave whatever was bothering them behind. 

This is what you have to do also.  Just lifting weights or doing some kind of aerobic/fitness class is more than just about the physical. 

Can you imagine if an athlete was all stressed out before a competition?  Would their performance be the best?  No way.  Sure a little stress or tension can help, but little is the key word.

If you had to do a lot of reading for a presentation the next day, do you think you would be productive if you were upset or totally hyper when you started reading?

Of course not.   You would be lucky to get through 10 words without losing your focus. 

The same is true of your exercise sessions.  You will be the most productive and get the most health benefits if you are relaxed and focused on what you are going to be doing and what you are going to get out of it. 

So the next time you go to the gym, take a couple of minutes and just relax.  Try some deep breathing exercises or spend a few minutes in the car meditating. 

This will help you get focused on your body and how you are going to improve it in your exercise session. 

Being mentally ready to exercise will improve your exercise session immensely. 

Try it.

Thanks,

Mike Val

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