Why do you work out? Do you do it to stay in shape? To lose weight? To help your mental health? Maybe all of the above? This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is going to focus on your mental health – “Don’t Pay Attention To Your Thoughts” (when exercising, or when your toddler is throwing a tantrum).
Exercise can be a huge outlet. It is a time to turn off your thoughts and focus on YOU. You have the opportunity to leave your cell phone in the other room, stop worrying about work or family life, and just do you. You have the chance to relieve some stress, because let’s face it, we all have it. By not paying attention to your thoughts, you are letting your body do the work. SO much of exercise is mental – “I can’t do it.” “I’m too tired.” “I’m not strong enough.”
So how do you turn off your thoughts? We will admit, it is a journey and not a quick fix, but here are some ways to help:
Focus on your breathing.
It is so simple when you break it down – take a long breath in through your nose and let it out of your mouth slowly. Repeat this several times until you are calm and relaxed.
Don’t look around the room and focus just on you.
Sometimes we fall into a trap by looking at other people – their form, their movements, their strength, etc.
Write down your “worries” earlier in the day (or the night before depending on when you are going to exercise.
By doing this, you can mentally check it off your list – “Yup, already handled this one.” Time to focus on exercise now.