How To Set Yourself Up for a Successful Workout Every Single Session
How hard do you find it to stay motivated in your daily fitness routine? We are now coming into mid March and I know a lot of us set some pretty high goals in January to set ourselves up for success on this road to becoming better humans. Then again, others who were already on this path might see workout as part of the daily grind.
How do you stay self motivated during the, “I don’t really want to” and “well, I’ll just do it tomorrow,” days come?
There are a few practical steps you can take to set yourself to get over these little bumps in your gym life journey. Use these to keep those bumps from into full on “no I haven’t worked out in a week,” moments.
What you focus on is what you get. Want more of “Man, this workout sucks,” then keep saying that, it will suck and you will begin to not enjoy it. When we focus on the negative you’ll get more negative. But if you can train yourself to catch the moments and turn them into moments of I can do this then the more likely you will end up succeeding.
Change your Vocabulary
Take it a step further.
Your new positive mindset will take you from, I have to do it, to I can to do it (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can) to I GET to do it. There are so many things in life we forget that we have the privilege of doing.
We GET to breath,
We GET to walk,
We GET to go to work.
There are many a part of our circle who maybe don’t get to have the simple things we take for granted for. But if we change what we say from, I have to go to workout,” to “I GET to go workout,” you will shift into an appreciation mode and suddenly your outlook on your gym time will be better.
Next time you hear yourself telling someone, “I have to go to the gym,” change your words to “I get to the gym today.” It doesn’t have to be weird but you will quickly notice you will be more proactive about appreciating your chance to go rather than wishing you didn’t have to go today.
What a privilege it is to take care of the only body you have and will ever have.
(Unless of course you sign up for some freaky science experiment like in Self/Less where you have a billion dollars to buy a new body...if you do, then you're awesome, can we get your autograph?)
Prep The Night Before
When we have a preset automatic response to something then our actions will become predictable. If you’ve committed to working out the morning before work, then make sure that happens no matter what. Train your brain to react against that “uuggh I don’t feel like it moment” to immediately put on your sneakers and grab your gym bag. React to that ‘feeling’ with an action that puts you into motion of doing it anyway.
One way to do this is by prepping your gear the night before. The more time you give yourself to think about going to the gym before you have to go then the less likely you’ll make it happen. But if your bag is packed and it’s time to walk out the door, you don’t really have a reason not to!
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Things you can prep:
- Clothes - ladies, we know you like to look cute at the gym. That’s ok. Just figure it out beforehand!
- Protein drinks and shakes - if you can premix the mixtures and add water later, do it!
- Shower gear - Always just keep spare shower stuff in your bag, just leave it in there so you don’t have to think about it.
- Fitness gear - If you take some of your own gear with you to the gym, make sure that’s all in your bag ready to go.
- Work Clothes - Know ahead of time what you’re wearing if you’re going to work after the gym!
You’re Doing More than the Guy That Does Nothing
So you tell yourself you wanted to run 4 miles today but you only got in 3. So? You did it. And that’s more than the guy that chose to not go at all. Even following through with your workouts and trying to complete them - even if you fail - means you’ve succeeded because you did better than you would have if you quit all together.
Are you committed to the routine of going to the gym or the challenge of bettering your physical preparedness? If you’re just in the routine then you will lose your joy in your gym rounds and you won’t really move forward. If fact you will lag behind or even quit. But if you’re committed to the process then you will take those extra small steps to help you success in your fitness journey.
3 Things To Learn From Failure:
Failing may lead to better opportunities
Thomas Edison failed at making a light bulb - the first 999 time. Or did he? Really, he just found 999 ways to NOT make a light bulb. What if he had only tried 999 time and found only 999 ways to not make a light bulb? It was on that's 1,000th attempt that his plans succeeded and he changed the world. See the difference in the mindset?
Failing doesn't mean YOU'RE a failure
You miss all the shots you don't take. Michael Jordan is one of the best basketball players in history but he missed more shots than he made! Yet he carried the Bulls through more end game winning shots than no other player.
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
- Michael Jordan
If you decide you are going to start a new workout routine and then get up that week and hit it really hard but the next week you miss a day. That's not failure, see it as just a chance to better yourself and overcome what made you check out the day before.
Failing builds character
No one wants to be told they have a poor sense of character. When we are presented with a chance to become a better person as whole, we move ourselves further and further away from the couch potato and towards the Terminator machine we were design to be. Ok maybe that's a stretch and you don't want to be immune to bullets and fire, but you get what I mean.
People with good intentions make promises - but people with good character keep them. Are you a promise maker, or you are an action taker?
I know which one I want to be.