Let’s face it, we’ve all had to go through something difficult. When you’ve got a hard task on the horizon, doing that work can fill us with strong negative emotions—sometimes making us cut our effort short, sometimes preventing us from trying altogether. Getting in shape with Bootique Fitness has its share of tough stuff, from challenging strength moves to prolonged cardio, and we want to talk about how to get through to the end.
Endure comes from Latin, meaning “to make hard.” Endurance, on the other hand, means “to make last” or even simply “to continue to exist.”
We want you to stop thinking about “endure”-ing your workout.
Yes, we want you to get to the other side of it, but we don’t want it to be torture. Being in that mindset of just getting through something might work in the moment (and yes, sometimes it’s totally necessary!) but we think there’s a better way to give your body the extra oomph it needs.
Instead of enduring, start practicing “endurance.” How do you do that? We’ve got a few ideas you might try.
1. Don’t hyper-focus on the challenge during difficult moments
Now, we don’t want you to trip and fall, but it’s totally okay to let your mind wander a bit in class. That’s one reason we love our outdoor group fitness classes, there’s always something new to look at, whether it’s an animal, a boat, or just a new face. Very minor distractions can be a great way to take your mind away from the “I can’t do this” feeling long enough for it to simply vanish. However, it’s best reserved for exercises that are tough but not unfamiliar or tricky.
2. Focus on your breathing
Inhale. Exhale. Thinking about what your breath is doing can be a great way to be in tune with your body outside the yoga studio. There’s an added benefit of paying more attention to the breath, and that’s delivering more oxygen to your lungs and tissues. That extra boost might be what your muscles need to power through the set.
3. When you can’t refocus your attention, count to 30
This is a trick one of our Bootique’ers uses to power through on her long runs. When she feels like giving up, she tells herself “I’ll keep going until I’ve counted to 30, and then I can choose to stop.” It takes less than half a minute to count to 30, and you can do almost anything for 20 to 30 more seconds. Besides that, it gives you something to focus on. (Here’s the sneaky part — sometimes she loses count and has to start over, so this trick can really keep you going!)
Do you have a trick you use to finish a workout? We’d love to hear from you. Next time, we’ll talk about other powerful ways to help carry yourself through on physical (and mental) hurdles.