How to go beyond the mental fatigue that prevents us from getting physical fitness? How to succeed in having a “healthy mind in a healthy body”?
Recent research from the Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences, suggests that mental fatigue may impact negatively our fitness. The research proves that our body activity is influenced by our mind activity.
Most health professionals already know all about this kind of tiredness. Long hours at work and the demands of our job leave all of us exhausted. Nowadays we are challenged to find ways to change our attitude (mood) and be aware of the fact that our body can take exercise even if our mind is tired.
Think about your own lifestyle for a moment. After a very tiring working day, how often do you prefer to go straight home to crash out on the sofa, in front of your TV or Mac, rather than engaging in some sports or other physical exercise activity? Sometimes you succeed in getting motivated, putting your sport shoes and going out to do some exercise while some others not. The truth is that once you make a start on getting dressed you find the way to break out of that slump.
Here are my five top tips to help you find the necessary energy you need to go beyond your mental fatigue and start exercising.
Set Some Fitness Goals
Try to fix goals for your fitness and do your best to achieve them.
The choice between staying at home and going out for jogging while being mentally exhausted is very difficult. If you have specific goals for your fitness you are going to get motivated because you feel that you have a reason to do some sport.
Try to write down on a paper your fitness goals and look at them every time you feel being in a bad mood and not motivated to do some exercise. Read your notes, consider your goals and get out to accomplish your daily fitness target. Reminders about your fitness goals will keep your focus and your excitement of going.
Try To Be Flexible
What if for any reason you have to stay longer at work or you have to accomplish an emergency task? Situations like these happen every day to each one of us. That is what we call life! If something goes wrong to your daily program or if everything is not as you have planned to be, then do not panic. Try to stay flexible and pragmatic.
For example, if you have planned to go for a 2-hour jogging but you have only 30 minutes free, then go jogging just for 30 minutes. It doesn’t matter. If you have planned to go swimming but for some reason you need to stay at home, then try to workout and do some exercise routines at home!
Being flexible means trying to find alternative solutions and options to work out and accomplish your fitness goals.
You Need Friends
Call up a friend to share your exercise activity. According to a research of Rochester University of New York, a positive social environment helps us to find incentives for exercising. We are more motivated to exercise with other people than alone.
Use Music to Motivate
Music can play a very important role in our motivation for exercising. Music helps athletes during their training and reduces the feeling of physical tiredness according to an article of Journal of Sports. So, get your iPod and listen to your favorite songs. That may be enough to change your mood and boost your energy for exercising.
Manage the Crisis
In fact, sometimes we get in a situation that we don’t feel like doing anything. That happens even to the most motivated of us. In a crisis situation like that, making positive changes seems extremely difficult.
Well, whatever your brain thinks, try to stop negative inner dialogues and start thinking that: “Yeah, I will feel much better if I go out for jogging”. Push yourself to active your body. Making a start is always difficult but exercising releases hormones that lead to a healthy attitude.
I hope these tips will give the motivation you need to achieve a “healthy mind in a health body”.