6 Tips to Boost Your Mental Toughness
“Most of us will hit a mental barrier before the true physical barrier,” says Romano. “If you can get past that mental block of thinking, ‘I can’t possibly do this,’ you’ll see that youcan—and that accomplishment will motivate you to keep pushing to achieve new goals and set new standards for yourself.”
Good genetics and proper physical training obviously play a big role in whether you’ll be able to achieve your fitness goals, but ultimately the consistent application of key mental skills also makes a huge difference, says Barbara Walker, PhD, an exercise and sport psychologist with The Center for Human Performance and a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She and Romano agree: Everyone is capable of accomplishing fitness feats that far exceed what they probably think they can do. Here, Romano’s attitude-adjusting tips and smart strategies for amping up your own mental toughness—whether you plan to undertake a massive goal like hers or get through every single run on your 5K training plan.