Five ways to mentally prepare for exercise is our topic for today. If you are a regular exerciser, you have faced that moment when Monday rolls around and you do not feel like exercising. Do not worry, you are not alone! Let us jump right into your five ways to mentally prepare for exercise.
The first step to mentally prepare for exercise is to write it down. Research shows that when we write it down, we do it! So, go to your scheduler now and pencil in your workouts if you have not done so already.
Scheduling your exercise is the first step in mentally preparing for exercise!
Set a Goal
The second step to mentally prepare for exercise is to set an established goal for each workout session. This does not have to be anything complicated. For example, my most recent exercise goal was to be done by a certain time. I just missed that goal by a couple of minutes; however, it kept me on track and motivated me to achieve the goal.
For the first month, set a goal you know you can accomplish. Your goal could be exercising three times per week. Setting a goal is the second step in mentally preparing for exercise!
The third step to mentally prepare for exercise is to have an accountability or workout partner. If you are a regular reader of my blogs, then you know that I always work this tip in. There is something about knowing that you will have to report to someone that motivates us.
Also, there is something magical about knowing someone else is counting on you to complete his or her daily exercise too! Have your accountability partner contact you a few hours before your scheduled exercise time to give you that extra push.
Make sure your workout partner is more disciplined that you. You do not want someone who can discourage you from exercising because they find it hard to get going with exercise too! Having an accountability or workout partner is the third step in mentally preparing for exercise!
Get in the Zone
The fourth step to mentally prepare for exercise is to get in the zone. And, no, I do not mean the car business, AutoZone, either, lol! Seriously, take some time to play your favorite music, meditate, read words of affirmation, etc. that will get you mentally prepared for exercise.
Do not let your mind play tricks on you that exercise is not that important. Yes, it is!! Getting in the zone is the fourth step in mentally preparing for exercise!
The fifth and final step to mentally prepare for exercise is to reward yourself. “Cash rules everything around me, CREAM, get the money, dollar, dollar bill y’all!” If you are a Wu-Tang Clan fan (they were one of my favorite groups when I use to listen to hip hop), then you know what I am talking about. If you are not, I think you can figure it out.
Reward yourself baby! You can do something like: for every four workouts you complete, you get to eat that favorite candy bar of yours (hey, I am a realist and rewarding yourself with junk food is not that bad).
Also, you could reward yourself with those favorite shoes or new workout clothes for every 10 lb. increase you gain in your squat or time increased on the treadmill. Rewarding yourself is the fifth and final step in mentally preparing for exercise!
Mentally preparing for exercise can be challenging. I am sure that if you follow these five ways to mentally prepare for exercise, you will be more motivated to exercise each time you do it! We are here to help you get motivated to exercise. Schedule a FREE consultation with us today!