Mental Strength

Training is not just training your body but training your mind. Your mental game is the most important thing when it comes to physical health. Your mind is what tells you to start, keep going, and finish strong. The decisions you make effect the results you see physically. For me, the best way to train my mind is to set a goal. Setting a goal, and completing it gives me the positive reinforcement to do it again. It can be difficult after a long day of work to find the energy to workout. I overcome it by telling myself once I’m done then I have the rest of the night to myself. Plus I already have to change out of work clothes, might as well be into workout clothes.


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Mental strength helps push you when you feel like there is nothing left. There were many times after a race where I felt like I could have pushed myself more. I felt disappointed or upset with myself because I felt that I wasn’t giving 100% of what I knew my body could do. Now every time I constantly think to myself ‘do I have more left?’ The answer is always yes. I’ll end with a few quotes that I find very true and motivational:


‘The best way to become a mentally tough runner is to believe you’re mentally tough runner’ -Ryan hall

“Your fitness is 100% mental. You’re body won’t go where you mind doesn’t push it.”

“Once you control your mind you can conquer your body.”


  • kllkuch

    Love the second quote! I agree with this post 100%.

    Mental awareness, alertness and meditation are all a part of this healthy fitness mind too. I think it’s important to note that being aware of your own body can not only push your limits but tell you when you are going past them (into injury), or when and how long you need to rest, or what kind of nutrition that you need. When you know these things about yourself; when to push, how to rest, what to eat etc., it demonstrates a strong mind because it is your control system.

    When I say mental alertness I am referring to “being in the moment” during the race or the training. So often we can be bogged down that our minds are on all kinds of other things during practice or the race. If we can be alert and in the moment it always lends to a better experience and better results!

    Lastly, I think that if we take time to just think, reflect, and meditate on our training and our goals we are preparing ourselves for success. Every moment any day that you take to use your mind for your goal is fueling the belief and the know-how that you can make it! You will know what you need to do and your body will follow suit. What you need to go-you have what it takes- because it’s inside of you. Take the time to let your mind believe it and you will achieve it 😀

    Great post, thank you!!