Reset Your Mindset and Get Motivated to Workout
Ahh, ohm, deep breath in, and exhale.
Take a moment to center yourself and get your body and soul in the space of relaxation. No, this isn't a yoga session, per se, but more of a practice of focusing on your breath, clearing the clutter in your mind, and getting yourself ready to train. There are no shortcuts to success when training, but taking a step back to reset is a game changer.
As you're mentally preparing to workout and go one step further with your goals, why not activate the cerebral cortex of your mind with some depth of peace? Get your mind right, as they say. It's not difficult to stop and get ready to train, you just have to take the time to do it. The main objective is to know what you're planning to set out to do for your workout, then take about 10-20 minutes of 'mind time' to get there first. If you can see it, the results will happen.
The 3 Steps to Get You Motivated
Focus focus focus. Breathe breathe breathe. Stop whatever it is you're doing, and transfer your mind and heart to your workout. If you're unfamiliar with how to get motivated, check out these simple practices.
Remove mind chatter through meditation - If you're an overthinker, and frankly, who isn't, getting your mind in the game takes some extra effort. Here's where meditation can be your best friend.Meditation isn't an easy practice. Meditation involves finding someplace quiet, sitting in a comfortable position (or walking slowly and eliminating distractions), closing your eyes if you're stationary, and allowing your breath to take over. Once you've focused solely on your breath, that's it. No noises, no thoughts of anything, and definitely no outside interferences. It takes some time; however, 5-10 minutes of removing mind chatter prior to each workout will be extremely noticeable in your training.
- Watch something uplifting - Being aware of your surroundings and observing the outside world is one of the most motivating factors to fire up your engine. I've found that when I recognize kindness in the world, and that is where all my energy is geared towards, my exercise regimen takes on a whole new meaning. Uplifting occurrences can be anything from people helping people, an upbeat movie or show that makes you laugh, strangers who elicit compassion and respect, or even nature being glorious and random--these are the instances that can benefit your body and overall wellness. If you know you need to adhere to your workout plan, any of the above will set your pace in motion and allow your mind to go there. A smile is worth a thousand feelings; that alone will get your foot in the direction of working out. Try it and you'll see the difference that uplifting energy can do for your health.
Take a day off - It might seem counterproductive to take a day off when you're not mentally prepared or stable enough; however, days off are just the ticket to set your mind back into the workout routine.Go out with friends. Have some fun. Eat something that makes you feel good, yet doesn't completely blow your nutrition goals.
Having a mindset that’s geared toward your day-to-day exercise goals and overall objective will bring about the changes you seek. With the right mindset, you will be even more motivated to go after it tomorrow!
Is There a Secret Formula?
Everybody who trains wishes there was some secret ingredient to gaining strength and removing the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving their goals.
The right mindset helps. Dedication paves the steps. Your chances of getting motivated are left up to willingness, accountability, and knowing why you want to get started. Begin with calming your body and your mind. Join a meditation group if it’s too difficult to go solo. From there, see your workout, feel your workout, then do your workout.
That’s the secret formula.