TAP INTO THE POWER OF YOUR MIND TO GET THE WORKOUT RESULTS YOU DESIRE
Pauline Muindi GETTING FIT IS ONE OF THE MOST
popular new year resolutions. If you are a regular gym-goer, brace yourself for the January crowd! Your gym will be full of excited, motivated newbies hoping to get their dream bodies before June. But come March, most newbies will have slowly and quietly given up. Once again, you won’t have to wait to get a turn on the treadmill or use any other piece of equipment. What happens to all those bright-eyed, bushytailed newbies? Well, some of them might have pushed their bodies too hard too quickly and suffered burnout. But for most of them, the battle is lost in the mind. They get frustrated or bored with fitness and diets and just quit. What can you do to make sure you don’t suffer the same fate? USE WORKOUT GADGETS
Using workout gadgets such as Fitbit and apps can improve your performance and make your gym workouts more effective. Not only do they help you track and calculate your progress, they also give you that extra motivation to attain your fitness goals. While fitness gadgets and apps can’t change anything in your body at the press of a button, they give you the information that can change your way of thinking. For example, some devices can track reps and provide actionable feedback after each set to let you know whether to keep pushing or to hold back. Researchers say that most often fatigue doesn’t come from the muscles but from the mind. If with the help of your fitness gadget, you tell your brain to push harder, it will. WORK YOUR CONCENTRATION MUSCLE
According to Amit Kwala, the author of The Athletic Brain: How Neuroscience is Revolutionizing Sport and Can Help You Perform Better, “Research says that if you practice forcing yourself to keep doing something really boring, you’ll get better at it.” This is because you’ll train your concentration muscle a method where you visualise the results you want to achieve. Scientists claim that by visualising yourself doing something, you use the same neurons and pathways in the brain as actually performing the skill itself. Want to smash your next weightlifting session? Just visualise yourself doing it!