Do you ever find yourself battling through a workout thinking ‘I just can’t do it’?
Sometimes making it to the end of that run or group fitness class can seem impossible. You feel like there is no way you can go on. Your legs are too tired, your arms are fatigued, you’re out of breath and you have no energy left in the tank. That voice in your head speaking negatively is telling you that you can’t go on… and you believe it.
It’s time to stop listening to that negativity. That voice is a liar. No more “I can’t” because, guess what, you CAN! Your body can stand almost anything, it is your mind you have to convince.
Fitness really is a mental journey. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it. The mind is a very powerful thing and once you learn to master it, you will be surprised by the things you can accomplish. With a strong mental focus and sheer determination you really can break through the barriers holding you back. What the mind believes, the body will achieve.
Earlier this year I completed the HBF Run For A Reason and if there was ever a time I needed to master mind over matter, it was then. For someone who has never managed to run more than 3km without stopping before, I some how managed to complete the 12km run without a single break. There’s no denying that I wanted to stop many times, but with continuous words of encouragement, positive self talk and pure determination, I found the strength to push through the physical pain and mental roadblocks. I mind over mattered the shiz out of it!
That experience certainly taught me a lot about mental focus and the power of the mind, which I have since been able to implement in the gym. I learned that by switching off to that little voice of self-doubt and focusing in on the task at hand, I have the power to succeed. I learned that even in a state of physical pain and exhaustion, it is possible to keep going.
So, when those last few reps seem near impossible or when muscle fatigue is at an all time high, shift your train of thought. Eliminate the words ‘I can’t’ from your vocabulary and replace it with ‘I can’. With every rep, repeat it to yourself. Heck, shout it out loud! Believe that you CAN do it! Choose the language you use when speaking to yourself wisely. Stop with the self hate, the negative words and self-doubt. Start using the words ‘fit’, ‘healthy’, ‘strong’ and ‘I can’ – because if you believe it, you can achieve it!
Love Eloise xx