you going to the gym more but enjoying it less? If you’re checking
out mentally as you are working out, you may not be getting the full
benefit from the experience.
work out, we should be getting a mental ‘lift’ from it," says
sports psychologist Cheri Cope of Athletic Mind LLC in Hartland.
"Research shows that exercise can have a significant influence on
your mood, spirit and self-esteem that will infiltrate everything in
your life. They feed on each other," she says.
In order to get
that mental lift, your first step should be to focus on a goal, says
Cope. "What do you value in your life? What do you need? Do you
want to get into shape? Be a more powerful person? Use that personal
challenge to motivate yourself."
program has to have values attached to it for it to work. You want to
connect the values to the reason you want to work out," says
sports psychologist Dr. Peder Piering of
"These goals help you to integrate it into your life. That is
especially important if you are not in the habit of exercising."
When you get
your mind into your fitness program, it won’t seem like drudgery,
Cope says. "Develop a mantra or positive self-talk that you can
repeat to yourself. It could be something like ‘I will be a stronger
person if I work out.’ It’s a mental task that helps to motivate
you. Some people need to be calmed down, others need to be pumped
of exercise can also help you attain physical, mental and spiritual
balance. "Yoga or a brisk walk can help you disconnect from the
stresses of your day," Piering says. "The mind and the body
are not separate realms. They need to work together."