Don’t call it a rut. Call it a routine.
Struggling to make it back to the gym on a regular weekly basis isn’t uncommon. It takes more than repetitions to create rock hard biceps and abs of steel.
Consistency is the No. 1 habit on a list seven necessary for a successful health regimen and that is all about the mind-over-matter issue. I’m the queen of finding an excuse not to push myself to improve.
To maintain a fitness routine, you have to be mentally strong. Strong enough to know when to push your body, when to rest your body and when to feed your body. The brain is probably the most important human “muscle” in this process. To create those Mr. Universe muscles or at least the hot bod you want to show off at the beach, use the mind to guide the body.
In a list of the seven essential habits needed to create a successful fitness program, the mind plays a role in most of them. Whether it’s planning a healthy, tasty nutritional plan, finding the motivation necessary to push through and continue the hard work needed to create a new you, understanding when the body needs a break and even meditating to find the focus and dedication required, the brain has to be worked out too.
In building a successful fitness routines, it’s not a matter of brains vs. brawn. It’s a combination of the two.