Although our physical and mental strengths operate independently, they’re still very much connected. At times, they come together to deal with whatever is happening in your life. Physical states are co-related and balance in one area is easily transferred to another. So it’s possible to develop mental toughness through physical fitness.
Are you experiencing situations that put a strain on your mental processes? Are you stressed out and unable to make decisions? Mental toughness can be difficult to acquire, but it’s much easier if you focus on achieving physical fitness first.
By ensuring your body is strong, challenged and fully tuned, you can encourage mental toughness and realise great physical achievements.
Try these strategies to strengthen both your mental and physical fitness:
1. Make your workouts uncomfortable. It’s important to challenge yourself. Instead of doing what you know, you can, test your limits. Keep changing the game so you build determination.
- Develop an indomitable spirit by jogging outdoors during winter instead of on the treadmill. It’s easy and comfortable to use the treadmill. Running outside in cold climates tests your limits. It also allows you to feel confident in your abilities when you succeed.
- Fitness challenges help you transfer that confidence and determination to other parts of your life. Uncomfortable life situations can really take a toll. However, you’ve already overcome fitness challenges. Now, you can use those victories to equip yourself with coping mechanisms for mentally challenging situations.
2. Participate in physical competitions. Competitions are usually intimidating, especially if you have a formidable opponent. As you participate in more competitions, your self-esteem develops as well as your physical fitness.
- Invite someone who is better at a challenge than you to a contest. Having that person as an opponent helps you readily identify your shortcomings and strengthen your skills.
- As you compete, you come to terms with your abilities. Although you may be less impressive than your opponent, you can truly develop an appreciation for the level you’ve reached.
- In all your competitions, avoid allowing pride to push you beyond your limits. You probably want to prove that you’re solid competition. You should avoid doing so, not to risk hurting yourself physically.
3. Take part in speed training. You may have other strong suits that don’t include being fast on your feet. You’d be surprised how much speed training can help you mentally. Practising sprints and trying to shorten reaction time can help you work more efficiently.
- When you develop a quick reaction time, it’s easier for you to make good decisions under pressure.
- Speed training also helps you to work quickly and accurately. It’s great if you can speed through the tasks. It’s even better if your accuracy level is always high. Develop an effective combination through speed training.
Take the time today to acknowledge the connection between your mind and body. They support each other on a day-to-day basis. Be sure your mind functions optimally by keeping your body in tune. Your professional life and personal life will both benefit, as a result.