Preparing Your Mind for Fitness
Before you embark on your journey to improve your health, begin to lay out some goals concerning your fitness. Do you have any medical conditions that can be helped by being more active? Do you want to take your athleticism to the next level? Or do you just want to look better naked? Being honest with yourself will help you set realistic goals as you make plans to change your lifestyle. When it comes to gym memberships, class schedules, personal training sessions, and even doctor’s visits, it is CRUCIAL that you take some time to reflect on your strategy and expectations.
Are You Healthy?
Looking fit or being physically in shape doesn’t necessarily mean you are healthy. Plan your annual physical right away. I would also recommend downloading an app like ZocDoc to help you keep track of the doctors and specialists you see throughout the year. Knowing that you are healthy will give you peace of mind and knowing of any issues will give you clear goals before you commit to a new fitness regimen.
Make the Decision to Get or Stay Healthy
This is the hard part. It doesn’t matter how many trainers you hire or how much you are paying in gym fees. If you aren’t committed mentally, you will see no improvement. You have to believe that you are worth the investment. If you are not there yet, and that is totally normal for most people, consider seeing a therapist to help navigate your thoughts on this subject. “I want to get in shape but I can’t because _____________.” is the million dollar puzzle you will need to solve. Don’t spend money on diet plans, equipment, or workouts until you can fill in this blank with confidence.
Master the Art of Being Present
Workouts can be hard and often people like to take the easy way out. Either they will choose a trainer based on their appearance instead of experience or they will take group fitness classes where they can hang out in the back, far from the teacher, and do the bare minimum. Every workout should be challenging and you should learn how to stay in the zone while managing the discomfort. Don’t let your mind drift off. Instead focus on the sensation your body is feeling and develop an admiration for it. Learn to love the burn, sweat, and soreness that comes with each workout. Learn to look forward to it.
Conquer Doubt: You could be working your ass off and not see any changes right away. It could take several months before you notice. Try not to go by your BMI index or your weight to mark your progress initially. Instead, just notice how your clothing feels on you. Within two weeks you should notice a better fit and eventually you may go down in size if your original goal was to lose weight. It is very common for people to remain the same weight while losing weight as conflicting as that sounds. This is mostly because you are burning fat and losing inches while gaining muscle. Don’t obsess over numbers. Focus on how you are feeling.
Take Advantage of Photo Ops
This sounds vain AF but you will be so thankful down the line. If you are social, keep yourself cute, regardless of where you are in your fitness journey, and take photos whenever you can. Over time, as you look at memories, you will start to notice the changes that you missed when you were looking in the mirror. This is definitely a self-esteem boost especially when friends and family notice the results before you do. Enjoy the shine. Feel good about yourself. It will make a difference as a you mentally focus during your workouts.