Even if going to the gym isn't anything new to you, chatty friends, your phone constantly buzzing, thinking about work and worrying about all the other errands and chores you have to get done can rob you of a quality workout. Inevitably, at a certain point with these distractions, you can no longer concentrate on the task at hand, frustration sets in and you end up either having a bad workout or leaving the gym all together.|
Living a healthy life and feeling great is something everyone wants, whether they've admitted it to themselves or not. Taking the necessary steps and preparation is to do so is pivotal, not only having a great workout, but also to
Being mindful about not only your purpose for the gym, but also during the time you
Put an end to distractions and day dreaming and you'll find that the quality of your workouts will improve, allowing you to more effectively reach the goals you deeply desire. Use these six foundational principals to build a solid framework to help keep you on track, minimize distractions and deliver quality results during your sweat sessions.
1. Have a Plan
Before you even step foot into the gym, having a concrete plan in place for what you are going to do and how will set you up for success. Too many gym-goers enter the gym and have no structure, plan or idea of how to get from where they are now to where they want to be. This leads to
Building an exercise program doesn't have to be overly complicated, but it should be designed to keep you safe and deliver quality results. Take the time to do some research to either find an exercise routine you will enjoy or create one yourself based on your goals and current physical capabilities. If you're someone whose mind drifts easily, setting up a very specific plan outlining your specific time working on cardio or the exact exercises you'll perform, weights used, repetitions and sets will keep you on track and on a mission so you don't have time to slow down to consider that post-gym grocery run.
Keep in mind that your plan doesn't have to be worthy of an elite athlete—it just has to challenge you and keep your mind focused on the task at hand. If you feel lost, consider setting up a consultation with a personal trainer who will be able to help you identify ways to maximize your
2. Know Your "Why"
This one is big! Understanding the "why" behind what you are doing is huge when it comes to sticking with working out. Things you should be asking yourself are things like, "Why am I here?" "Why is exercising important to me?" "Is this bringing me closer to my goals?" and "How can I make myself even better today?" Write them down, put them on a
This principle alone should be important enough to motivate you and keep you on track every time you step foot in the gym. With these goals and a sense of purpose in the forefront of your mind, you'll have no trouble pushing forward, knowing that every exercise, every step, every set and every rep is bringing you closer to your purpose!
And if you're feeling a little off or not in the mood to work out? Simply ask yourself why you started in the first place.
3. Design Your Workout to Help Keep You on Task
As stated above, when structuring an exercise program, you want to be
When designing or seeking out a new exercise plan, use these strategies to stay focused and get a great workout:
4. Find an Accountability Partner
Having a good workout partner is great, but not when they are talking your ear off and you can't get to the workout portion of your workout. Gossip and venting is great and all, but there's a time and
This person should be someone who similarly enjoys working out while also following the same
5. Stay Off the Phone
Probably one of the hardest things to do! We are all guilty of this one. While it's tempting to bring your phone along to the treadmill for music, try not to get lost in social media feeds, texting and checking emails when you should be training. Keep the phone use to a minimum and only use it for your music or tracking your workouts. You would be very surprised how much time is wasted playing on your phone, which not only distracts from your goals but also affects your momentum and heart rate. A good practice to implement is putting your phone in "Do Not Disturb" mode when you are about to start your workout. The outside world can wait until after you've gotten your gains for the day.
6. Work Hard
Nothing beats hard work, period. All great things come from working hard and putting in the time to achieve them. Consistently getting to the gym is a great habit to start, but when you get there, you must work hard to make those goals of yours a reality. Working up a sweat and focusing in on the intricacies of your workout—from your form and your breathing to your heart beat and the callouses forming on your hands—is the best way to take your mind off all the other stresses and thoughts threatening to creep
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