Give it all you got.
September 11, 2012 6:25 AM Subscribe
Tips on focusing during workouts, and how to push myself through the hard parts?
posted by carmel to health & fitness (21 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I found that I am easily discouraged when I'm working out - whether I'm running, lifting heavy weights or racing my bike - I'm easily discouraged. I get lapped when racing bikes, I am not a fast runner, and I don't always get the perfect squat/deadlift. And that's ok - I'm slowly improving. But I am so hard on myself whenever this happens and it gets me in a bad head-space and then I give up. I don't push myself enough.
For example, when I race my bike (or when I'm running), and it starts to hurt and I slow down, I slow down even more (or stop when I'm running) because I tell myself that I won't be able to keep up anyways. I just don't think that this is a good attitude. With lifting I just start to worry and I can no longer focus, which consequently hinders my lifting form, and my lifts suffer.
What are some tricks you have used to get yourself into the zone? And what does that mean anyways? I think I *can* continue to run, so how do I make sure that I do, instead of stopping the second it starts to get hard? I never really did sports growing up so never really learned how to focus and push myself. My trainers are constantly telling me to focus or to push harder, but I'm not sure how to get myself into that mindset. When I'm coming to the end of the workout and I have to push that 100lb sled 5 more meters, how do I make sure I'm "giving it all I got"?