You’ve probably heard the old adage, “showing up is half the battle.” To a degree, it’s true, but when you’re working to achieve physical results, there is more to it than just showing up and going through the motions. With every exercise you do, you can choose to give it mild effort or everything you’ve got. The former, arguably, is a waste of time. You may be getting in a workout, but if you’re not pushing yourself, you’ll never see the results you want.
Fitness is a mental game of getting over ruts and reaching your goals. These seven tips will help you run the extra mile, beat your previous record, or squeeze in that last pull-up.
1. Trick your mind
If you thought all it took to get in a good workout was participation from your physical body, you’re wrong. Your mind has more power than most people think. It tells the body what to do and what not to do. Often, your brain pulls you back when your body can do and take on more. However, by incrementally pushing past your perceived maximal level in training, you can teach your brain to give the body the chance to go harder.