It’s no secret that regular physical activity is good for us. So why is it such a challenge to build a sustainable habit around physical activity?
One reason could be related to being comfortable. It’s hard to do things that make you uncomfortable. Especially when the reward isn’t instantly available. But to achieve your martial arts and fitness goals and get results, you must be willing to do things that make you uncomfortable. What could this entail?
- Muscle soreness
- Waking up early
- Making mistakes
- Not being perfect
- Getting frustrated
Why should we willingly put ourselves in uncomfortable situations? Especially when the alternatives like a warm bed or comfortable couch are so much more appealing?
Ultimately, the benefits will outweigh the discomfort. When you’re able to get past temporary discomfort, you’ll experience long-lasting physical and mental benefits of a consistent martial arts practice or training routine. Physically, you’ll have more energy, increase your physical fitness, and your clothes might even fit better. As for the other advantages, here are just a few of the mental benefits of getting uncomfortable:
1. Sense of Accomplishment
There are no shortcuts or secret ways to get results. Long-term, sustainable results come from hard work and your willingness to be uncomfortable. Because when you’re committed to the process of learning and improving, your reward is a sense of accomplishment that will make you want to continue.
2. Increased Self-Confidence
Confidence comes from believing in yourself and your abilities. When you work hard to achieve a goal, you discover that you can do more than you’ve done in the past. And the result is a boost in your self-confidence.
3. Improved Mental State
Physical activity creates all kinds of positive chemical reactions in your brain that improve your mental state. These reactions help you focus, think more clearly, and make better decisions.
At Systems Training Center, we’ll help you connect your martial arts and fitness goals to how you train, think, and live. To learn more about the programs we’re currently offering and how to get started, contact us today.