How To Psychologically Prepare Yourself For An Intensive Workout

When you work out, you need to rest. In order to prepare your body for the next day of exercise, you have to sleep well and to eat food rich in carbohydrates and magnesium that help process glucose into energy. More importantly still, prepare your brain for work-out.   

Scholars maintain that fatigue is often caused not by the depletion of the bodily energy or muscle tiredness. We feel drained, because our brain attempts to defend our body from exhaustion. Our sense of fatigue, the scholars observe, cannot be considered a purely physical phenomenon; it is rather an emotion or a felling. Therefore, it is highly vital that before working out, you make your brain ready exercise. You prepare your brain by doing the following:

Minimize Stress. Learn how to avoid or keep your stress at a low level. Whatever happens in your life, try to be grateful for what you have and count your blessings. Try also not to overanalyze your thoughts and behavior or to spend most of your free time soul-searching. Excessive stress worsens your general physical condition. When you are stressed, moreover, you activate those parts of your brain that are responsible for the interaction of the brain and muscles. By stressing out about some problem in your life, you thus not only feel generally tired but also specifically affect the operability of your muscles.

Imagine How You Overcome Obstacles. Scientists aver that simply by imagining and visualizing various activities, we help our brain get into the right mood. Many athletes employ this technique before competitions or work-outs. They envisage how they overcome obstacles or improve their results. Having formed an image in their imagination, they improve their actual performance. You, too, can do the same: imagine how you run longer than yesterday or how you lift heavier weights, or how you do twenty power jumps instead of your usual fifteen. By visualizing your work-out and imagining how you improve your stamina or endurance, you may achieve better results in real life.

Think Positively. Scientists and psychologists observe that it is not only hard training that make you win competitions and beat records. You come up on top also because you believe in your victory. When you are tired, do not tell yourself that you cannot go on; say, instead, that this time, you will easily do fifty diamond jumps within a minute. A positive frame of mind beneficially affects your physical condition in general. Use any techniques to shore up your mood. You may listen to motivational music or select fast melodies for running. In short, turn your work-outs into joy not only for your body but also for your brain.