Blame Andrew, but I actually found myself enjoying shows on the military. The shock, the pure horror!! GASP! Are you still reading? Did I freak you out? It’s more like “one show” on the Discovery Channel, “Surviving The Cut.” Move over Shark Week. If you ever find yourself complaining about a few miles or a workout here or there, consider “the intense world of military elite forces training.”
It’s basically an hour of balls-out insanity watching military personnel go through rigorous training along with a healthy dose of physical and mental lashing. Here’s the kicker, listening to what the sergeants say to the trainees is brilliant. These men are pushed to the edge, but encouraged at the same time. The show talks at length about the mental capacity for conditioning. We all know that the military are incredibly disciplined, and it is because they are broken in training and taught to come back stronger.
Men’s Health has a quick read: “Navy SEAL Tips to Achieve Mental Strength.” It talks about the values you can apply to everything from a workout to a meeting with your boss.
The more I train and the more I push myself to try new things, it is important to understand the capacity of your own mental strength. I literally decided on Sunday to run my farthest distance on Monday, and I went for it. You’ve all seen the racers crawling across the finish line during an Ironman, and it is their body overriding the brain’s signals to stop.
According to Runner’s World: How? Your mind interprets and shapes into strategy the messages your body sends it. When you’re competing, it decides whether you falter at the finish or pull off the win. Given this interaction, coaches and scientists alike now believe your mind determines, to a large degree, how far and how fast you can run…. To run 10 miles instead of your usual 8? You don’t have to go to med school. All you really have to do is fully engage your brain at the same time you engage your body.
Get a load of the “seven mental strategies to help you run longer and stronger,” courtesy of Runner’s World.
I am fascinated by Olympic athletes, Ironman, military, etc. because they have passion and willpower to conquer any challenge. Learning more about mental strength in exercising puts things in perspective for me.
Do you have any mental tricks you use during a tough workout? Are you like me and find that you talk to yourself while doing something hard?