Is your daily workout something you have to do or something you get to do? If you tend to view your workouts as a chore or the worst part of your day, then it might be time to take a more positive or grateful approach.
Here are three ways to approach your workouts with a positive attitude:
1. Stick with activities you enjoy.
You’re much more likely to approach your workouts with a positive mindset when it’s something you enjoy. For example, if you hate running on a treadmill, it will be challenging to put a positive spin on it. While it’s almost impossible to enjoy every aspect of your workouts, there should be something fun about the workout and the time you spend doing an activity. For example, you might stick with group bootcamp classes because the people are what you love and look forward to the most.
2. Leave room for some flexibility.
Some people thrive on structure. They tell themselves that they’re going to work out at 6 am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and they do it. No excuses – they stick to that schedule. But what happens if, after a while, that schedule begins to feel a little too regimented? Like it’s more of a job than a fun way to spend an hour. Or something comes up, and you miss a day. How does that make you feel? You can follow a consistent workout routine that still leaves room for flexibility and modifications. Maybe you switch out a 6 am class for a 6 pm class so you can work out with a co-worker.
3. Record your progress.
Do you keep track of your workouts? Maintaining a workout log either in a paper notebook or with an app on your phone can help you take a more positive approach to your workouts. By tracking your workouts, you’re creating a record of all of your hard work. And the next time you wake up and ask yourself, “What’s the point?” you have a reminder of how much you’ve done and how much closer you are to accomplishing your goals. In addition, a workout log can help you boost your motivation and maintain a more positive mindset for working out.
Are you ready to tackle some fitness goals in the new year? Learn more about the programs we’re currently offering at the YMCA of Greater Whittier by contacting us today!