When it comes to working out, we all know the abundance of benefits it has on our physical health and wellbeing. Pilates for example is amazing for improving strength, increasing flexibility and mobility, improving posture and toning muscles, but there are also huge mental gains that can be made too, when you put in the time, commitment and work. Studio Pilates Hell Week is one example, and the act of completing 10 classes over a 5-day period was designed to enhance your mental strength just as much (if not more) than your physical strength.
Your body can achieve anything your mind believes, which is why it’s just as important to work on your mind just as much as your muscles. Mentally fighting through those feelings of fatigue and muscle soreness will help reach a new level of fitness, and furthermore, it will inspire you to keep going for more. Here are 4 benefits of being mentally strong.
1.) It helps you rid self-doubt
Self-doubt is something we’ve all struggled with at some point in our lives, and it’s no coincidence that those feelings start to creep in when we’re feeling insecure. Being mentally strong will empower you to go about everything you do with confidence without questioning yourself or your abilities whether you’re in a job interview, an audition or a Pilates class.
2.) It will make you more resilient
As the saying goes, it’s not what happens to you in life, it’s how you handle it that truly matters. Resilience is one of the best qualities you can possess and it’s one thing that all successful people have in common. People with resilience don’t have a fear of failure and even if they don’t succeed the first time, it won’t let it deter them from trying again and again, which is how you get better and stronger.
3.) It will help appease unwanted stress
This could be one of the biggest benefits of all, mentally strong people don’t sweat the small stuff and have good control of their emotions. Life will always throw us curve balls whether it’s in our professional or personal life (sometimes even both at the same time) but mentally strong people can take emotion out of it and know where to focus their energy and attention instead of overreacting.
4.) It will teach you how to handle anything
It’s true when they say that magic happens outside your comfort zone, which is true in all cases. From a fitness perspective, results only happen when we push ourselves to discomfort so muscle can grow and cardio endurance can be built. The same can be said for mental strength, and once you see just how much you’re capable of achieving when you put your mind to it, there’s no stopping you.