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9 Psychological Tricks to Get You through an Intense Workout or a Race ...

By Tara

If you exercise or race at an ultra-intense level, I am certain you are mentally strong but when you push hard there will be times when you want to give up. There will be times you may not be that into it but if you are mentally strong, I guarantee you will push through, every time. You are unique and a stronger soul because of this. You know your body and you know just how to fight through. As a 30 time semi-pro marathoner, I get this. There are good days and bad days but no matter what you always reach the end. Let me share with you the psychological tricks in just how you can push through!

1 Stay Focused

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2 Prepare

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3 Get Mentally Strong

hair, face, human action, eyebrow, person,You can also mentally prepare for a race or workout by visualization. Through visualization, you can imagine the race and the obstacles you may encounter. Then you can go through how you will overcome these obstacles. Stay positive and mentally strong to prep for your race day!

4 Break It up

clothing, swimwear, supermodel, blond, photo shoot,Distance runners that perform their best view their lengthy distances broken up into stages. For example, the marathon, which is 26.2 miles, can be viewed as a couple of 10ks and 5ks. This is easier to mentally prep for and keep yourself in a positive "do anything" mindset!

5 Tune into Yourself

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6 Listen to Tunes

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7 Smile and Push through

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8 Stay Positive

human action, clothing, person, image, lady,Keep your head up and stay positive and you will produce positive results. If you see the rainbow in every day you will have a sunnier, happier life. So march on as you push through your super workout!

9 Cheer Yourself on

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So are you ready for a super workout? Then use these tips and stay focused for great results. Every step you take will bring you one step closer to your goal!

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