Let me give you a scenario, tell me if this sounds familiar…
You’re at the gym in between your sets and you look down at your phone. There are new notifications and a few text messages asking to be read. The excitement kicks in and all of a sudden you’re more interested in who “liked” your recent post rather than doing what you came to the gym to do- train. Why do we let technology run so many aspects of our life?
For me it all comes down to one word- focus. When we walk into the gym, studio, garage (wherever it is you train) there should be one priority and that is YOU. I have found myself guilty of allowing outside influences distract me from focusing on my training. Instead of focusing on my next set, I find myself obligated to respond to that text message or to finish reading that email. I lose all concept of time management and the next thing I know, a 45-minute sessions turns into an hour and half. When I look back on it- I see it really as an escape. I didn’t allow myself to be fully present in my routine. This in turn led me to being disconnected from my body. My training session ends up “so-so” and I leave feeling as if I barely accomplished anything.
THREE WAYS TO OVERCOME DISTRACTIONS
Distractions are everywhere, however through the process of osmosis I’ve found a few strategies that help me keep them at bay.
- Wake up early and start a morning routine. This can be as simple as a walk or a light stretching session. This gets the blood flowing the nervous system activated.
- Leave your phone on silent or airplane mode. I understand some people actively use their phones for a timer. If it gets too tempting to look at your phone- go to the dollar store and buy a kitchen timer.
- Meditate 5-10 minutes before your session. I’ve noticed this has changed my mindset from being bombarded by life’s distractions to fully focusing on what I want to accomplish and feeling myself succeeding in that moment.
My training and workouts are very important to me. I value the time and effort I put in into reaching my goals. And by acknowledging that aspect what I’m really saying is I value myself. I value myself enough to put my phone on airplane mode or silent and keep my focus strictly moment to moment. I give myself the time needed to perfect my craft and I let very little come in between my process and me. I truly believe this is one of the many steps of self-mastery.