Training Tips: Attitude Is Everything
This morning I was determined to make my muscles scream with a high intensity interval workout. I put together the perfect sixty minute mix on my i-pod, and the I got on the Lemond g-force UT for thirty minutes of Pump the Power followed by thirty minutes of Bust Your Gut. These two high intensity interval training sessions put me onto the pain train. I knew the workout was going to hurt, but I also knew I would reap huge fitness gain by pushing my self in the anaerobic zone. I was looking forward to the workout on Sunday night and woke up this morning ready to go hard.
Having a positive attitude towards exercise can create a sense of euphoria for your brain. If you have the right attitude you will ultimately look forward to your exercise sessions which will help you achieve your fitness goals. You can wire your brain to enter a state of bliss when exercising. Kelly Dwyer had a fantastic interview in Runners World (www.runnersworld.com) with winner of three triple Ironman competitions Christopher Bergland where she looks at the science behind running happy. She wrote "the runners high, once believed to be caused by endorphins, more recently has been attributed to endocannabinoids (substances released with exercise that produce an effect similar to a marijuana high. Also contributing to this state of euphoria is epinephrine (adrenaline) which has the power to boost confidence and diminish pain. Add to that serotonin and dopamine, two other feel-good brain chemicals, and you've go a physiological cocktail that can transform a workout into happy hour." This is true for all types of exercise.
The next time you start feeling negative about a workout or begin to dread an upcoming training session stop. Focus on all of the positives that are come from the exercise (weight loss, strength, speed, agility, balance). Now with a positive attitude go take your fitness to the next level.