Whether you’re looking for the next job promotion or going after your first 10K run, learning how to blast through your fears is key to success in all life endeavors. In fact, fears might be reason why you’re lagging behind; they are like an anchor that hinders your progress and keeps you from releasing your true potential.
Therefore, here are some of the most common workouts fears and how to fix them for good.
FEAR: Getting Injured
FIX: Train Smarter
Fear of injury is one of the most common roadblocks to workout success. Fortunately, injuries do not appear from thin air; many training mistakes can lead to injuries and setbacks, nonetheless, training cautiously can help you ward off most of the trouble.
Here is how to train smarter:
- Start small and gradually increase your trainig intensity while keeping a keen ear on the way you felt both during and after the training.
- Work on developing good form whether in the gym or on the running track.
- Rest right. Space out all hard training sessions such as circuit training or interval workouts by at least 48 hours of recovery.
- Go easy on recovery days. Yoga or a long walk are some of the best cross-training options for recovery.
FEAR: Gaining weight
FIX: Keep Track
Though exercising burns calories, consuming too much calories can lead to weight gain. See, weight loss is matter of calories in versus calories out. It’s all about creating an energy imbalance. Therefore, to stay put on the weight loss path, you need to keep track of your consumption and adjust your eating approach accordingly. Use a diet journal to monitor your eating habits and also to plan out your meals and calorie intake.
FEAR: Getting Blisters From New Shoes
FIX: Pick the right shoe
The likelihood of getting a blister is always possible where shoe, sock and skin meet. Nevertheless, if you can find a shoe that fits you well, not too tight and not too loose, you probably won’t get blisters. When testing out new shoes, make sure to run the same socks that you wear when running. Furthermore, when taking a shoe for its first run, make sure to keep a keen eye on the way you feel throughout the training session; new shoes need ample time to “break” and readjust to your feet and running mechanics.
FEAR: Not finishing A Run (or race)
FIX: Set Realistic Goals
When it comes to increasing your stamina and lung power for more challenging runs, gradual progress is the way to go. Setting realistic, yet challengeable goals can help you progress toward finishing any distance without risking setbacks or worse: injury. Goals also help you achieve clarity and purpose with your training program, thus boost your motivation and training consistency.
If you’re really out of shape, opting for a 10k goal is the recipe to disaster. Instead, aim to gradually build your fitness foundation by aiming for a shorter distance then building on it. In fact, as a beginner, you may need to add walking intervals into your workout until you’re able to run for 30-minute straight without much huffing and puffing. After that, keep increasing distance and intensity, but always take a step back when you feel that you’re doing too much.
About the Author:
David DACK is a runner and an established author on weight loss, motivation and fitness.
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