Have you ever experienced tunnel vision when it comes to your exercise and health? By tunnel vision, we mean focusing solely on your own health and fitness and blocking out outside distractions. With so many outside influences and distractions it’s easy to fall into a comparison trap.
In my early running races, I remember lining up at the start line and comparing myself with the other runners, imagining them to be better or worse runners than myself. It’s human nature to compare things, especially other people. This focus on external things, however, takes away from your internal focus (on your breathing, affirmations etc). It was only through reading “The Green Platform” and other psychology books, that I began to understand the effects of making these kinds of comparisons. Focusing on internal factors like how you’re feeling, rather than absorbing external things will help you immensely- particularly on race day.
I don’t know about you, but my Instagram newsfeed is full of men and women with great bodies. Seeing these images it’s natural to wonder how they got like that. Of course, it’s best not to read into it and forget about them. Most of these images are highly edited or filtered, or the people spend hours a day working out to extremes.
If social media didn’t exist, I wonder if we would care as much about our physiques.
Where thought goes, energy flows.
These days we have such easy access to vast amounts of information on health and fitness topics. This overload of often conflicting information, however, causes confusion and distraction. Keeping your focus on your own health and fitness will lead to a much more fulfilling lifestyle. Do what works best for you and do what you enjoy the most, not what other athletes or friends are doing.
Here are some steps you can take to keep your focus on the straight and narrow, getting the most out of your health and fitness lifestyle.
1. Set goals specific to YOU and not what other people are doing. Ask yourself the hard questions. Why do I want this? How hard am I willing to work? Can I fully commit to it? Will I enjoy it?
2. Limit your social media time or unfollow pages that make you feel self-aware or inferior.
3. Listen to your body and mind. Eat until you are satisfied and exercise for enjoyment rather than necessity.
4. Ignore what other gym goers are doing. Remember there is no one workout better than another, so do your own thing.
5. Reassure yourself about health and fitness goals. Positive self-talk works a charm. Create a mantra like, “I’m fit and strong, I belong here.” When you achieve your goals, reward or treat yourself in some way.
6. Switch off devices when exercising and connect your body and mind, stay present and in the moment.
We hope you enjoyed this article and found some useful pieces of advice. Feel free to share with us your experiences on this topic. Thanks for reading.
Until next time,