Strength is More Than Just Lifting Heavy Objects

physical and mental strength

When you define strength, you probably think of the ability to move or lift heavy objects. However, strength can be measured in many different ways and can have many definitions. Being strong in all areas is much needed for your overall health and well-being.

2 Types of Strength

There are two types of strength: physical and mental. The simple definition of physical strength refers to your muscles’ capacity to lift heavy objects or perform functional movements. Mental strength is the ability to stay focused, stay motivated, have a sharp mind, and cope with difficulties. You can be physically strong able to move the heaviest weights, but how is your mental strength during the times that need focus? You can also be mentally strong, working through times of challenge, but are you physically able to do the activities you enjoy?

Stay Strong

When trying to be strong you need to take both aspects into account. Use both to keep yourself on track. Your mental strength will keep you focused on your goals while your physical strength will allow you to be active.

Continuously challenge yourself, both physically and mentally, to build both types of strength. This is going to help you put focus on what is important. Break down your goals individually. Focusing on smaller tasks is much easier than to go all in on the end game. You’ll feel more accomplished and less stressed. If you feel you’re losing sight of where you’re headed, create a motivation board for inspiration. You’ll be constantly reminded of what you need to do to achieve results. When working out, be mindful of your body, and take one workout at a time. Eventually, all will fall into place.

If you’re looking for someone to help give you that extra push, Elite’s personal trainers will set you on a path to success! Schedule a free fitness consultation to get a new program that will help you meet your goals and improve both your physical and mental strength!

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Curt Minter Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Clubs

Written by Curt Minter, Certified Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club – North Shore and Elite Sports Club – River Glen.

Curt has a B.S. in Health and Human Performance from UW Platteville, is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and American Sports and Fitness Association Cycling Instructor. He specializes in Balance, Strength, Endurance, Weight Management, Fitness Event Preparation, Energizing and Enjoyable Fitness, and Health & Wellness Guidance. Curt lives by the philosophy of “Every Journey Starts With A Single Step.” – Lao Tze. And he believes that no matter where you are in your life it is never too late for a healthy start.