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Mentally Preparing For a Workout

Working Out, It's All in Your Head

Yesterday, I was surprised by the sound of a calendar notification: "3 p.m., Crunch trainer." As soon as I saw it, I cringed. Having made the appointment the week prior, it slipped my mind and I was nowhere near prepared. My gym bag was under my desk like usual, but I'm talking mental preparation. While I'm up for spontaneous hikes, cycling outings, or a trip to the yoga studio, I still need to psyche myself out for time at the gym — especially when it's an hour-long intense TRX circuit training session. I love working out and I love my trainer, but it always seems to help if I have time to psyche myself out before heading in. Maybe it's because I need to be really focused when I work out with my trainer, or it could be because I want to plan the rest of my day around being sore. Either way, it just helps.

While I have a lot of friends that can head into the gym like it's no big thing, many people I know schedule gym workouts ahead of time for the same reason I do. How about you?

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Lindsay-Loves-Veggies Lindsay-Loves-Veggies 6 years
I feel that it's easiest to just do it without thinking about it. Then I don't have a chance to talk myself out of it or get distracted.
enginerdette enginerdette 6 years
The more time I spend trying to get myself mentally prepared to work out, the less likely I will go do it. It's too easy to psych myself out...
benheld benheld 6 years
Yes, I have to agree. Do so much better without thinking about it. If I psych myself up too much, usually I end up talking myself out of working out, or doing too little.
amber512 amber512 6 years
It's funny I actually do a lot better if I don't think at all. I just put on my workout gear, grab my stuff and go to the gym. Once I'm there, I might as well work out!
Susi-May Susi-May 6 years
To workout with a trainer, no. I just go and am happy to have somebody do the thinking/planning for me. For running speed work, I definitely need to psyche up for it.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
To begin with, yes, I have to psyche myself to workout - the hardest part is not actually doing the workout, but waking up at 6am when I haven't gotten enough sleep. If I'm working out in the afternoon, it's much more straightforward mentally, but not as easy to schedule. I guess I have to make going to bed early a habit!
Linda50T Linda50T 6 years
I work out everyday for an hour. It's such a habit with me that I don't even think about it. I just get up and do it, then it's over with.
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
I always have to talk myself into going to the gym - every day! I love it once I get there and start working out, but there's just that mental block about going in the first place. I drop my daughter off at school, and then head to the gym and en route I always think of a million other things I "need" to do instead...
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 6 years
If I have to mentally prepare myself for a workout, I know it's not going to be a good one. That's why I often go to the gym first thing when I wake up, before most of the world is even awake- there's no time to think about or debate it!
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