Tag Archives: mental toughness

Using ‘workout mode’ to tackle an unpleasant task

Why is it that I can embrace all kinds of pure fitness workouts, but I have to trick myself into a grueling, cumbersome task like getting out the heavy 12-foot step ladder and cleaning gutters? When our son’s not off … Continue reading

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Marathon-level mental toughness: Not there yet

With eight weeks to go before my first outdoor marathon, the inaugural Fort4Fitness race Oct. 1 in Fort Wayne,  my sister and I headed out for a 10-miler yesterday. It turned out to be good training for a marathon, but … Continue reading

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The best mental toughness movie ever

If I were stranded on Mars and needed to make my rations last X number of days until a supply ship could be sent, could I trust myself not to stress out and go on a binge? Doubtful. One of … Continue reading

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The mental aspect of spin cycling: what works for me

For me, getting faster on a spin bike appears to be almost entirely mental – something to do with finding a pattern I can sustain rather than flailing as hard as I can and hoping I can keep it up … Continue reading

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The mental benefits of a 28-day challenge

At the beginning of February I could barely hold a 1-minute wall sit. Over the weekend I nailed a 5-minute wall sit. That’s a weirdly obscure achievement, because who really cares, right? And yet … that kind of progress in … Continue reading

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Now that’s mental toughness

After her last stroke, it looked like Annie-Bananie was a goner for sure. She couldn’t swallow. Wasn’t eating. Her left side was useless, her right leg had developed a blood clot, and she was virtually unresponsive. “I would say she’s … Continue reading

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