Mental stamina is what gets you through those early mornings when you are tired and sore from the day before and you want to stay in bed. It is the thing that propels you towards the finish line when your muscles are ready to quit. It is what all athletes need in order to break through the wall of defeat. It is the ability to withstand stress and give your body the proper care it needs to do what you are commanding of it.
So, how do you improve your mental stamina?
It is not unusual for athletes to assume that they need to go hard and fast almost every waking hour of the day, almost breaking themselves and their spirits in an attempt to toughen up. The fundamental flaw of this approach is that it does not allow the body enough time to fully recover from intense training schedules. Your body and mind end up drained and it becomes a lot harder to find the motivation to do each workout. Improving your mental stamina doesn’t have to be like this. You might be surprised to learn that the key to developing good mental stamina is sleep. Simple, right?
Sleep allows our muscles the time they need to repair and recover from workouts, which means that they heal faster and allow us to hit it harder the next day. Sleep enables us to concentrate better the next day and pay more attention to our breathing while we are working out. It also helps to guard us against illness and improves our mental well-being.
It is recommended that you get at least 7-9 hours sleep per night, however, if you are regularly training, you might want to increase this. Try to fit in as many naps as you can during the day and increase the amount of time you spend getting shut-eye at night, even if this is at the expense of watching the latest TV show. Take comfort in the knowledge that it will pay off, as you will feel more rested and better prepared for your workouts!
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