Mental Fitness Training

Mental Fitness Training: A Basic Guide for Beginners

What is mental fitness training, and who is it for? Here’s what you need to know. 

These days, the phrase “mental fitness” is thrown around more than a basketball in the final quarter of an NBA finals game.

Despite this, very few people know what mental fitness actually means. 

Mental fitness is your state of mental well-being – your ability to make good decisions, your awareness, and how you respond to the complexities of life.

When you achieve optimal mental fitness, you may catch yourself humming a song, looking forward to your next workout, and feeling less exhausted and more calm. You’ll also be better prepared to deal with daily challenges, obstacles, and emotional situations.

But how do you achieve this state of optimal mental fitness? It’s all about exercising and taking care of the brain. Just like you schedule a weight session to boost your brain health, you should be doing the same, if not more, for your mental health. 

What is mental fitness training? 

Mental fitness training is all about keeping the brain and your emotional health in good standing.

This training can be approached in numerous ways. However, it all comes back to one key point: improving and maintaining your mental and emotional health.

You can develop new skills and strategies to improve your mental fitness, from practising mindfulness to focusing on awareness. But don’t worry, we’ll cover all of the training details below.

What are the benefits of mental fitness?

Improving your mental fitness and developing mental fitness skills is likely to help you in other areas of your life.

For example, better mental fitness may:

  • Increase presence and focus: reduce distractions, and be more productive and attentive at work and in your relationships.
  • Improve emotional well-being: gain control over your thoughts and don’t let situations out of your control affect you at an emotional level. 
  • Increase resilience: cope better mentally and emotionally following a crisis or when things get tough, whether that’s in life or sport.
  • Allow you to develop new healthy habits: build new habits, whether reading more books, meditating, or being more active.
  • Improve your sleep: reduce stress and anxiety and work towards achieving better quality sleep.

How do I train my mental fitness?

There are numerous ways to train your mental fitness. But there are a lot more moving parts compared to, say, your typical workout session.

You don’t need to perform these in one go, but scheduling the following activities into your lifestyle will improve mental fitness:

  1. Practice mindfulness, meditation, and begin challenging the mind
  2. Regular exercise
  3. Follow a healthy diet
  4. Learn new skills 
  5. Focus on awareness 

Keep reading to discover more about each mental fitness training activity.

Practice mindfulness, meditation, and begin challenging the mind

Tuning into your body and practising mindfulness is one of the best ways to improve mental fitness.

Distracting yourself from the world and being at peace is a rarity.

Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming more popular. But many people don’t know where to begin.

Alongside relaxing the mind, you need to challenge the mind to develop mental fitness and resilience. These two components are key – making you mentally stronger overall.

With the Rewire Fitness app, we have an entire library full of mindfulness and recovery sessions, from guided stress relief sessions to binaural beats and quick 2-minute sessions to get you back on track and focused on what’s important.

Regular exercise 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get at least 150-minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week.

These guidelines are mainly for physical health, but the mental benefits (reduced stress, anxiety, and improved well-being) are also important.

Examples of exercises may include brisk walking, running, cycling, weight lifting, rowing, or any other moderate-intensity exercise. There are loads to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that suits your lifestyle.

Follow a Healthy Diet

You don’t need to follow the strictest diet in the world, but you should adopt a healthy and sustainable relationship with food.

Eating foods high in refined sugars too often may cause harm to the brain, promoting inflammation and impairing brain function, as mentioned by Health Harvard.

Set your body and mind up for success by eating whole foods, limiting processed food and foods high in sugar and saturated fats, and drink plenty of water.

What you eat affects how you feel – treat your body like a Formula one car and less like a Fiat, and you will see an increase in mental fitness and overall well-being.

Learn new skills that challenge your mind  

We’re not asking you to play the orchestra, but learning new skills improves cognitive functioning and may improve mental fitness.

You could adopt a healthy habit of reading for thirty-minutes daily, you could play chess, solitaire, or perhaps you could even learn a new language. Find something you enjoy that stimulates the brain, and it’ll take care of your mind.

But it doesn’t end there – we also help you increase mental resilience with training exercises to help you build mental fitness, preparing you for those tasks that matter most, whether the last few miles of a marathon or the resilience needed to study for a test.

Focus on Awareness  

Take a deep breath and practice awareness daily.

Be honest with yourself – how do you feel, what’s your current emotional state, and are you ready for the day?

The Rewire Fitness daily readiness assessment is a short 90-second assessment that helps you determine how ready you are to tackle the day. 

We measure your awareness, reaction times, heart rate and sleep (if a compatible device is connected) to determine your daily readiness.

We then provide you with personalised recovery suggestions to help you increase mental fitness, clarity, and productivity. 

Want to find out more about our readiness assessment? Read our blog post on readiness tracking: how and when to use the different aspects of Rewire


FAQs 

How do I train my mental fitness?

You can train your mental fitness with structured training for your mind – think cognitive training, reaction tests, and other neuro-training methods that will test your mental resilience and will help you build mental fitness.

What type of workout is best for mental health? 

There are many ways to train the mind for better mental health. To get started, we recommend practicing mindfulness and awareness – these will pay dividends towards your overall well-being.

Which exercise is best for anxiety? 

Meditation is often considered one of the best exercises for anxiety. The Rewire Fitness app also provides tailored sessions to help you reduce stress and promote a positive mindset. Download the app and give it a try for free!

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Rewire Fitness Integrates with Garmin Connect

We are thrilled to announce our new integration with Garmin Connect! Once connected you’ll receive post-workout Mindset Recovery sessions priming your mind & body for recovery and we’ll also sync resting heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep & training load from Garmin Connect to provide you with a holistic readiness score, empowering you with the data and tools to make smarter training and recovery decisions. Remember, performance is about your ability to train consistently over weeks and months not about one training day.

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Why Rewire + Garmin?

Garmin has one of the largest communities of athletes using their devices making Garmin our most requested platform to integrate with.

Connecting your Garmin Connect account allows Rewire to analyse your health and workout data, providing a seamless way to measure your current Readiness. It also allows us to provide you with post-workout recommendations tailored to your readiness state, either adding mental load through Neuro-Training if you are in an excellent cognitive state or providing you with a Mindset Recovery session designed to optimize mind and body recovery.

Sync Resting Physiology from Garmin

You can now sync resting heart rate, HRV*, and sleep from your Garmin Connect app to Rewire for our Readiness Assessment. The Rewire Readiness Assessment provides a holistic way to track readiness across cognitive, physical and emotional domains giving you the complete picture. 

*We are so excited to be one of the first third-party apps to utilise Garmin’s new HRV Status feature which they are currently rolling out on some of their devices (including Forerunner 955, Forerunner 255, Fenix 7 and Fenix 6 (beta)). This allows you to track overnight HRV which can then be synced to Rewire. 

Auto-Sync Training Load from Garmin

Once you connect Garmin, we’ll automatically sync yesterday’s workouts from Garmin Connect to pre-fill your training load in our Readiness Assessment. Duration is based on the length of your workouts and intensity is calculated using your heart rate or power data. You can still adjust duration or intensity if you need. From your training load, Rewire creates a cumulative training load which is based on your training over the last 4 days. 

Alongside RHR, HRV, and sleep, training load combines with 9 other measures to provide you with a holistic readiness score and actionable recovery sessions to help optimize your state.

Post-Workout Recommendations

After finishing a Garmin workout, open up the Rewire app for a post-workout recommendation. Based on your data we will recommend a relevant post-workout Mindset Recovery session, featuring a range of recovery protocols including guided breathing, binaural beats and subliminal priming which have been tailored to your readiness state. If you are in an excellent cognitive state we will recommend a post-workout Neuro-Training workout designed to build your mental resilience. 

How to Connect?

Head to Settings -> Configure Third-Party Integrations -> Garmin then connect via logging into your Garmin Connect account. Once connected, you can adjust which sources will sync data to Rewire via the integration settings.

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