If you workout at a gym, take group fitness classes, or get your sweat on at home, I’ll make a HUGE bet that you’re missing a critical component in your fitness program. I’ll go even further to say that the lack of this critical component will cost you long-term success, if it hasn’t already.
Let me explain:
I’ll go ahead and assume you’re working out consistently - at least 2 or 3 times per week - doing squats, pushups, planks, rows, deadlifts, and more. You put in effort during every workout to improve your body (and hopefully your overall life), but you fail to exercise the most important muscle in the body. The brain.
Without a plan to strengthen your mental muscle in the same way you strengthen your biceps, quads or abs, you’ll never develop the mental discipline and focus necessary to stay strong and healthy long-term.
And, the sad truth is that gyms, and group fitness studios ignore this topic altogether.
At a gym, you don’t learn how to develop positive stress management skills, or learn how practicing mindfulness can reduce your chances of succumbing to an “all or nothing” mentality that creates feelings of ineptitude and failure if you eat a chocolate chip cookie or miss a workout.
Group fitness classes don’t start conversations that invite you to address the mental and emotional roadblocks that have kept you from feeling confident, capable, and proud of who you are.
A DVD-led workout at home will never address the fact that your self-confidence, anxiety, and fears are directly connected to how your physical body performs. This is ALL part of training the brain. And if it’s missing in your fitness program (which I’m sure it is), you are selling yourself short. Training the brain is the missing link to fitness success.
Addressing the mental muscle and working to strengthen it every day is the key to making all of the effort you put into your exercise and nutrition actually come together in beautiful fruition.
Don’t waste another day ignoring the most important muscle in your body.
- Coach Michelle