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  • Lisa Kelly

Mind Your Muscles: Stay Present and Get Strong!


Are you ready to kick some serious butt while simultaneously achieving inner peace? Well, you're in the right place because today we're diving deep into the incredible benefits of being present and aware in your fitness journey and just life in general!


When it comes to fitness, your mind can be your most powerful ally or your worst enemy. By being present and aware during your workouts, you tap into the remarkable ability to overcome mental barriers. It's time to silence that little voice that says, "You can't do it!" and replace it with, "Pffft, just watch me!".


Picture this: You're halfway through your intense HIIT session, and suddenly your mind drifts off to what you're having for dinner or that catchy song stuck in your head. We've all been there!


But guess what? By cultivating present mindedness, you can skyrocket your focus during workouts. Increased focus means better form, reduced risk of injury, and greater gains.


Action Item: Before each workout, take a moment to set a clear intention. Focus on what you want to achieve during that session. As you exercise, gently bring your attention back to your body and your breath whenever your mind starts wandering towards tomorrow's pesky to-do list.


When you tune in to the present moment, you awaken your senses to the sensations happening in your body…you feel the burn in your muscles, the rhythm of your heartbeat, and the breath that keeps you alive.


Action Item: During your workouts, close your eyes for a moment (unless you're on a treadmill—please don't!). Take a few deep breaths and tune in to the physical sensations you're experiencing. Notice how your body moves, the muscles working, and the energy flowing through you.


When you step into the present moment, stress takes a backseat. By focusing on the here and now, you create a mental sanctuary where worries fade away, leaving you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to conquer the world.


Action Item: Incorporate short mindfulness practices into your day, such as deep breathing exercises or quick meditation breaks. Take a moment to close your eyes, inhale positivity, and exhale stress. With a few moments of mindful self-care, you'll keep stress at bay and stay on the path to fitness greatness!


Hopefully, you feel a little more equipped with some strategies of mindfulness in the realm of fitness! Remember, being present and aware during your workouts enhances focus, deepens your mind-body connection, banishes boredom, and melts away stress. So, lace up those sneakers and be fully engaged in each moment!


Of course, I’m here if you want that personal guidance! From habit coaching to training plans, I make it all work for real life 😊

 

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