Before I start my treadmill workout in the morning, I take a few minutes to focus on what my daily/weekly goal is. Instead of watching the time (45 minutes more to go!), I ask myself how can I make my workout more affective? Since I am doing the time, I may as well reap the benefits.
Pump up the music! Use your arms to do weightless exercises, visualize what I will look/feel like in another week or two. A few hours after the workout, I take the time to tap in to how I am feeling afterwards. Did my energy increase? Do I feel more alive? Am I proud of my accomplishment?
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Recently I signed up for the C25K program. Right now I'm on week 7. When I first started it was so hard and I kept thinking when is it time to walk. Then one day I caught myself thinking about stuff I needed to get done, things that were happening around me and saying little prayers to God. That's when I realized that if I don't focus on how much more times left or how bad my legs are burning, it goes fast and it's over with before you know it!
Sometimes we accidently let our minds run off with unwanted issues we need to deal with...making them more stressful/scary than they may be.The more we focus on the negative (what if's) & assume negative (reactions), the more it affects us negatively. CALM your mind. YOU CAN take charge of it calmly, peacefully, LEAD interactions & affect outcomes through YOUR behavior, words & actions. Stay in positive control of your mind. Aim to enter it in as relaxed state as you can.
Don't assume it will be negative, worse than you think or that you won't be in control. Plan to be calm before hand & relax beforehand. Many times you will realize after, "It wasn't so bad!". Have faith in yourself. You can handle it. :) (from Simply Positive)
When fighting or training heavily you can get a great rush from adrenaline. Learning to control that burst, and level it out over the length of your training while increasing your intensity can really drive your body. Some people feel nervous, as their body begins burning more energy and breathing rapidly, control your faster breathing, and feel the charge within you. Use that with a focused and disciplined mind and you can achieve amazing results.
Appreciate your heightened senses Breath deeply, fully and quickly Try to hit new personal bests for power or strength Learning to control the rush will improve your endurance, panicking will burn you out faster Feel the excitement, but keep on track, focused power is better than wild flailing.
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