Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

What if I told you that… you are always reaching your full potential…?

 

What I mean by that is, if you spend your time… ‘upstairs’ believing that you are only capable of performing a certain exercise under certain conditions OR if you believe that you will ALWAYS plateau at a certain weight, those beliefs will typically come to fruition.

Once these beliefs break through the blast doors of manifestation, they become your reality. Then you will have a whole new set of challenges… challenges that could have been avoided altogether.

 

“Those who think they can and those who think they can’t are both usually right.”Confucius

 

Willpower can be trained much like any other set of muscles… just in different ways.
Here are a few ways you can strengthen your discipline and maximize potential:

 

1. Delay instant gratification – A significant part of impulsivity is the innate desire for instant gratification. Especially in today’s day and age. If we can learn to delay our gratification little by little, we can then learn to live in a place of gratitude meaning that we are never ‘dissatisfied’ with where we are currently. This is a beautiful thing. If we can learn to delay instant gratification, then we can learn to work toward our goals without becoming obsessive and reliant on a certain accomplishment for our self-worth.

2. Set realistic goals – Ambition is a beautiful thing… there is great value in pushing yourself by setting the bar higher and higher. However, if goals become too grandiose (or unrealistic) then you are essentially planning to fail. Set goals that are big enough to break down into sub-tasks, but small enough to yield completion in a timely manner. Ultimately, the accomplishments following goal achievement will boost your self-esteem and empower your willpower. The feeling of making progress can be powerful!

3. Work on stress levels – A rational mind is a good friend of willpower. When fight-or-flight signaling is active, actions are impulsive and emotional. The goal is to manage and reduce stress levels to keep a level-head and maintain control over your actions. Focus on things like diet, mindfulness and overall moderation.

 

We’ve heard it before, and we’ll hear it again and again throughout life… it’s always mind over matter. A healthy mental fitness regimen is vital to resisting distraction and impulse as well as boosting productivity. Therefore if you want to optimize your performance in fitness, maintaining a healthy mind is vital.

Exercising When Sick

Exercising When Sick

Is your “healthy” exercise program compromising your immune system? Or is exercising under the weather sabotaging workouts?

 

Let’s face it: the gym is a great tool and exercise can significantly boost energy. However, if the gym participant is stricken with a seasonal illness or respiratory disease, is exercise the simplest course of action?

Aspects of our system react adversely following a significant exercise, like the skin, higher tract, respiratory organs and muscle tissue… and therefore, the blood. Many immunologists feel that in this window of inopportunity when intense exercise, viruses and bacterium could potentially gain an edge, elevating the danger of catching an infection may include going to a public gym.

Mild to moderate physical activity is safe even with the presence of a cold or seasonal illness, provided there’s no fever resulting from the pathogen. Exercise could even potentially relieve delicate congestion within nasal passages.

 

If a client’s symptoms are present above the neck — liquid nose, inflammatory disease or physiological — most physicians will only endorse delicate to moderate exercise. However, once symptoms occur below the neck, such as wheezing, coughing or stomachic distress, athletes may consider skipping the gym — thus removing the potential of spreading germs — and choosing rest prior to returning. Reducing the intensity of an exercise can also prove useful, as long as the exercise doesn’t require clients to overexert themselves in any way.

While it is tempting for trainers to encourage clients to “work through” their seasonal symptoms in an attempt to keep up with scheduled training and maintain what results have already been obtained through dedication, it is proven that taking one to three days off (in a row, nonetheless) will not make a significant impact when sustaining a current fitness goal. Strength as well as the appearance of one’s physique will likely remain unchanged. However, a client/gym participant DOES risk the possibility of going out there and become significantly worse-off than before.

 

All in all, we should shift our gears to understanding when the best option is to counsel rest for an active gym participant… and clients should have a decent read on their overall health and whether or not the gym is a good idea at a time. Remember, the goal is to become healthy and advance in the area of physique… we should be doing this without compounding any problems when a seasonal illness has been contracted.