Before starting a fitness program it’s important to make sure that you’re in the right state of mind. Many of us start a fitness program with the statement “I need to get in better shape”. What does getting in better shape even mean? Are you trying to lose weight or are you going to aim to run a 5k? Figuring this out before starting a fitness program is important because these goals require a different approach. If your plan is a 5k then losing a little bit of weight will help you with your goal but if your goal is weight loss you may not need to do running at all.
Many of my clients have different expectations when they start a fitness program with me and some of them think they know what they need to get the job done. People think that working out once week will get them the results they want and this is untrue. Many people think that if they just get in a workout every day they will get the results they desire this is also untrue.
The truth is that if you want to get in great shape you must have the right mindset to get the job done. Every week you must push yourself a little harder than last week. When you’re working out you need to be ok with being uncomfortable. This means you will be sore and your muscles will burn during the workout. You will sweat and your joints will ache. All of this is a natural part of the process.
If you’re unwilling to make these changes in your life you will not get in shape and you will sit there wondering why you’re not getting results.
Here are somethings you can do to get the right mindset for working out.
Write down your goals.
Before you start a fitness program you should be putting your goal on paper. When you do this, you’re signing yourself up to hit this goal. When you fall short you can blame the person that set up these fitness goals which is you. It’s a hard pill to swallow but it’s true. The only one that is controls if you reach your goals is you. A personal trainer can’t stop you from overeating and we can’t make you work out when we’re not there. Write down your goals and be prepared to hold yourself accountable to your goals.
Pick a date to reach your goals.
You’ve picked your goal and now it’s time to make things real and pick a deadline to reach these goals. If you don’t make a deadline you will not reach your goal because you will allow yourself to slack off and put things off until the next day. When you pick a day to reach your goal and you don’t you will have to look at yourself in the mirror and understand that you and only you are at fault for not reaching your goal.
Pick a plan
After you have picked out your goals pick a plan. On the internet, there are a ton of plans that can help you get in shape. If you need help picking a plan hire a fitness pro to help you with the process. Once you pick your plan you will have to stick to this plan until the end. After picking a plan make sure to track all the work you put in to see if you’ve been following the plan. If you get to the end of your plan and you see that you’ve only done 60% of the plan you get to look in the mirror and blame yourself again for not getting the job done. It’s harsh but true.
After reading this you might think that I am being harsh or mean. I understand why you might feel this way but my goal is to get you to understand that you need to go into a workout program with a mindset of crushing your fitness goals. You will need to feel pain and push yourself harder than you ever have in your life. If you attack your goals with this mindset you will not fail. I believe that everyone has the capacity to push themselves harder. If you’re not willing to be uncomfortable you will not reach your goal.