Are your workouts something you have to do, or are they something that you get to do?
If you view every workout as something you have to do, like paying taxes or cleaning out the rain gutters, it can create a negative vibe around how you approach your workouts.
Changing your mindset can help you reach your goals and lead to a sustainable workout habit that you look forward to continuing.
Here are ways to improve your workout mindset:
1. Find a workout you enjoy.
While you may not love every minute of your workouts, overall, it should be an activity you enjoy. If you loathe running, then it’s going to be hard to look forward to your weekly runs on the treadmill. But the good news is you have multiple workout options to choose from. If you’re enjoying your current workout routine, now is the time to try something different. If you’ve been working out on your own, group classes could be a great alternative. You’ll find yourself surrounded by a supportive community that you’ll look forward to being around.
2. Keep your approach consistent but flexible.
Sticking to a structured workout or training plan is a great way to build a habit. However, if that plan is too rigid, then it might end up holding you back. For example, let’s say you plan on working out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. But then you get stuck in a meeting on Wednesday afternoon and miss your workout. Rather than feeling disappointed or being hard on yourself about the missed workout, stay consistent but flexible. Come up with a plan B. Add a Thursday workout or take an evening walk with your partner instead. Always stay open to possible alternatives if something beyond your control affects your plan.
3. Find ways to measure your progress.
If you feel like you’re putting in a lot of work and not seeing any results, then after a while, it can put a negative spin on your mindset. Remember that some goals will take time to achieve. And while you may not be able to see your progress, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. To help you see and gauge your progress, try keeping a workout log or journal. It gives you insight into your past workouts. And you can look back at where you were a few months ago and get a much better picture of how far you’ve come.
The team of coaches at Cannon Fitness and Performance in Houston is dedicated to supporting you on your fitness journey. To learn more about the programs we’re currently offering and how to get started, contact us today.