We schedule our lives through time, often without our own interests in mind. Our lives become stressful and our minds occupied with what we need to do, how we should deal with what was happening an hour ago, who we need to see today or tomorrow, or how we are going to keep our schedule functioning by working hard in one way or another. We lack the possibility to take our minds off things and just be in the moment.
Leave your schedule behind when you exercise. It’s a good custom to subscribe to, when going through the door of your gym leave everything behind. It will just wait outside and be ready for you when you return from your session. You see, training is a piece of timeframe that you should hold secret. There is no need to carry anything into it but the purpose behind the intention of your training; to make yourself more capable, stronger, fitter, and happier.
The benefits here are many. First of all, you will unwind; release the potential tension and frustration and create a new state of alertness without the effect of stress. Secondly, you will learn to put your focus where it is needed. This is a skill that will give you the ability to focus your energy in one point. A stressed mind is diluted and diverted. Thirdly, you will have much higher, greater results with your exercise program, each action you do will have more quality and therefore improve your results immensely. Finally, you will lower the stress level of your daily life and therefore feel more energised, and feel more comfortable in whatever you are doing on a day to day basis. I could go on and on with the additional benefits here, but let’s just stick to the most important stuff.
How to do it?
- Decide that every time you visit the gym, you will remember to leave all irrelevant thoughts behind. Mark your decision by touching your forearm with your fingers. The founding fathers of karate, judo, et al in Asia knew this when they developed martial arts; everyone is required to bow before entering the training area. The bow symbolises a mark of respect to the sensei, dojo, and art, as well as a mark of self-respect. So, as we develop this habit, each time you will touch your forearm with an opposite hand you will trigger this heightened state of focus.
- Be one with your intentions when you exercise. Understand that the benefits of training are deeply connected to what you are doing in correlation with what you are thinking and feeling. Stay connected to the task at hand and you will become much more connected with yourself. Repetition is the parent of habit, and you are in the business of creating good habits.
Remember that life is about the simple things. Your prosperity doesn’t have to be based on complex ideology. Enjoy being able to change your life with this simple thing, you will benefit from it beyond belief.