Physical Fitness needs Mental Development

People want to be physically fit. They undergo diets and stick to health food so their bodies can be maintained in the best possible shape. Athletes more so than others have to be in tip-top shape in order to compete actively. The training regimen of athletes is very demanding and rigorous. They need to be at their best to be able to excel in their sports arena.

Most if not all athletes undergo similar types of exercises worldwide. There are prescribed procedures and exercises to strengthen and hone up the muscles in every part of the body. If everybody undergoes similar exercises, what makes a person excel over their opponents?

Some people contend that even though the exercises may be the same worldwide, the differentiation lies in the physical ability of the person to surpass other opponents. There is a degree of truth in the statement. If you excel physically over all other opponents, then you should definitely be the winner. But why is it that some athletes do not excel physically but end up being the winner?

The secret lies in the other areas of development, such as mental and emotional. If you are physically fit but mentally disturbed or concerned on other matters, you will be unable to focus and concentrate on the tasks at hand. You may have the stamina and regimen to do the physical aspects but your mind may be wandering and not focused on what is happening.

This lapse could result in a judgment error and cause you to lose the event. You have to be mentally fit to meet the physical challenges. You need to be in control of your senses, conscious of what is happening at that moment and aware of what needs to be done in the next few moments. You have to be mentally sharp and capable of making rational decisions every step of your physical activities.

Do mental exercises. Your physical trainer and counselor should subject you to situations involving decision making processes. They should give you advise on what to do and avoid given different situations and conditions. Practice mental aptitude in your exercises. Learn to focus and avoid distractions.

People who are gifted physically sometimes fail to advance because they lack mental discipline. Physical exercises are needed to keep the muscles toned and well coordinated and should be complemented with mental exercises. Don’t let emotions get the better of you.

If you let emotions take over, you can’t win consistently. Use your head to control your emotions. Mental health and physical health go hand in hand. Emotional health is just as important. You need a balance of all three to be physically fit. Devote time to strengthen each of those areas.

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