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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Askin

How Physical and Mental Strength Go Hand-in-Hand

Updated: May 9



With both kinds of strength having different meanings, the connection between both often goes unnoticed. However, it’s important to explore this connection and understand the importance of having both kinds of strength and how they work together. 


Determination

Firstly, determination is one of the most prominent ties between mental and physical strength. Whether you’re striving to achieve personal/professional goals or pushing yourself to new limits in the gym or on the field, it's our determination that propels us in strength. By cultivating mental strength through practices like mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and positive affirmations, we empower ourselves to continue our personal journeys and continue the course of growth, whether that is physical growth or emotional. 

When faced with setbacks or obstacles, . This same determination translates seamlessly into our physical endeavors, allowing us to set ambitious fitness goals and pursue them with unwavering dedication.


Setting Goals

Setting and achieving goals is a skill that is necessary for any kind of success. It’s the ability to envision a desired outcome, break it down into achievable steps, and persistently work towards it with intent. These goals could be physical, such as a new PR in the gym, but even those physical goals take the mental strength to keep at them. And, through mental/emotional goals that aren’t involving physical strength, we have to keep working toward this outcome. These goals could be setting more boundaries, making more social plans, or working on relationships. No matter the kind of goal, we must also remember to celebrate milestones each step of our journey toward the end result.


Endurance

Endurance is not only a physical attribute but also a reflection of our mental stamina. Whether enduring a hard workout or navigating through life challenges, our ability to persist in the face of adversity speaks volumes about our inner strength. 


Overcoming Challenges

Life is full of challenges, both physical and mental, both big and small. These test our strength and resilience. Getting hurt would be a physical challenge, but the lack of motivation that comes from this injury is a mental challenge. Our ability to confront these obstacles and work through them says a lot about our fortitude, and it is an important ability to have. Mental health issues are also a very common challenge that people are forced to overcome every day. For some, getting out of bed in the morning can be an example of overcoming a mental challenge. No matter what these challenges are or how big they feel, be proud of yourself for your strength in overcoming them. You can do it!


Concentration and Adaptability

Lastly, concentration and adaptability are essential skills that enable us to thrive both physically and mentally. By cultivating a lasting focus and the mindset of flexibility, we empower ourselves to navigate twists and turns that come our way with grace and composure, emerging stronger in the process.


Overall, the relationship between mental and physical strength is a mutualistic one. In all aspects of our lives, it is important to have determination, goals, endurance, and ability to overcome challenges with concentration and adaptability. By nurturing these interconnected aspects of our being, we can wholeheartedly embark on any journey we come to face. 


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