The Psychology Of Fitness

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Quick Tip #16 ~ Have one Focus

Quick Tip #16 ~ Have one Focus

No matter what your reasons for exercising, there’s usually one main reason why you’re doing so.  This can range from wanting to look good naked to wanting to be healthy enough to keep up with a young son or daughter.  Along with this one main reason, we usually attach a bunch of other “justifications” to help keep us motivated.  This is normally a good thing as we want more reasons and more motivation to exercise.  The problem occurs though, when we attempt to reach two opposing goals at the same time.

A typical example of this is when you decide to workout in order to try to gain 20 pounds of muscle, while losing 20 pounds of fat.  What happens is that the person is then constantly switching gears on his “one main reason” and is therefore spinning in circles.

It’s like attempting to date someone when you’re already married.  It’s not going to end well.  End one relationship before starting the other.  The same is true with body transformation:  End one “main reason” before starting a new one.

Therefore, if you’re trying to lose fat, have that be the focus of your workouts and eating.  If you’re trying to gain muscle/weight, then let that be your focus.

I’m not saying you can’t do both at the same time, but there should only be ONE focus.

If you gain some muscle, while losing fat, then that’s an added bonus.  The same is true if you lose some fat while gaining muscle.  It definitely shouldn’t be your goal, but if it happens then it’s an added bonus.

The question then is, what’s your focus?

Is it to gain muscle or lose fat?  Is it to get as strong as possible or to be able to run a marathon?

Pick ONE goal and focus on that.

With that one focus in mind, you can then center your eating habits and workouts in a way that allows you to have that focus become your reality.

In the end, that is really the “goal” of all working out – to see your efforts come to fruition.

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