Managing Distractions for a Successful Workout

Managing Distractions for a Successful Workout

Jul 05

For your workout to be a success, you have to develop not just physical but also mental strength.  Whether you are working out at home or at the gym, distractions are aplenty. Often, these distractions result in unsatisfactory workout results. As such, you have to develop a strong will and determination to be able to zone out these distractions and get focused to building your body.

So, how do you manage these distractions? Here are some tips we’ve used in our soccer training camps to avoid disturbances during the boot camps.

  1. Set a clear goal

Once you’ve finally decided to work out, you need to have a clear picture your goal. At our boot camps, we set short-term and long-term goals. While players are focused to achieving the end-result (the championship), they get to celebrate milestones. These are regular successes provide reinforcements.

  1. Choose the best workout time

As with soccer training, you have to schedule your workout when you are already free from all worries. Some choose to do early morning workouts. It’s always a rule that soccer players should never bring their problems to training camp – same as when you’re working out. You should free your mind and just think of the training routines during this time. If you are working out at a home gym, installing a nice wireless doorbell at the gym door would help you reduce unwanted walk-ins which are truly distracting. If you are keen at installing one, I’ve found nice reviews on different wireless doorbells at Doorbell Base. Discover what time of the day you are most enthusiastic and energetic so that you can have an optimal training.

  1. Background music

If you are still reading this, I am pretty sure that you are determined to achieve your fitness goals. Match this determination and focus with a good playlist. It sets the tone of your training and pushes you to do more. There are a lot of other auditory distractions that can keep you out of focus. By having a playlist dedicated for training, you’re conditioning your mind and body to concentrate on the physical workout.

  1. Perfect the routines

Focusing on achieving the best results requires perfect execution of the routines. This is why we spend hours practicing different soccer plays. In workout, you have to be aware of your body movement and your form. This is the reason why gyms are surrounded with mirrors. Aside from getting the best result, you also avoid the risk of injury. By concentrating on the perfect technique and form, you eliminate the distractions and turn your focus back to your training goals.

  1. Plan the workout routine

It is best to have a fitness trainer (much like a coach in a soccer team) who will guide you through the routines. However, if you don’t have one, you can still create your personal workout plan so that you don’t waste your time at the gym. There are a lot of workout schedules available in the internet that you can tweak to suit your fitness needs. A workout plan also helps you track your progress, what machines you’re using, rest periods, weight, tempo, etc. On the other hand, by not having a plan, you are leaving the door wide open for distractions and ultimately a failed workout.

Remember that workouts, whether Crossfit, Zumba, weightlifting, and others, requires progressive overload. You have to know where you’re going for it to be successful. All of these concepts are just the same as in our soccer training camps.