When it comes to fitness, getting your mind in the right place is just as important as training your body. How we think about our workout routines and fitness journeys impacts everything from the type of workouts we do to whether we stick with our goals. If we can correct common mindset mistakes when it comes to fitness, it’ll be much easier to stick with workout goals and achieve real results.
1. Not Listening to Feedback
Many times, we go into a gym thinking we already know what workout routine is best for us. Or we might ask for advice from a professional trainer and then ignore it because it doesn’t match what we expected or hoped for.
There’s no shame in asking for or receiving help. Everybody is different. What works for one person might not work for another. Be open to changing your workout routine or incorporating feedback from people who know what they’re talking about. Here at Extreme Studio Performance, members can find guidance from staff regardless of appointments or prior scheduling. You can also schedule times to work with a personal trainer.
2. Thinking Pain Equals Gain
Sure, there’s a certain amount of soreness and even pain that comes along with getting fit. However, being sore doesn’t always mean you’re building muscle strength. And sometimes pain means you’re hurting yourself, not that you’re on the right track.
Rather than measuring progress by how sore you are, track your progress on other goals. For example, if you lifted more weight or did more reps this week than you did the previous week. If you’re struggling to set realistic goals or track your progress, a personal trainer can help.
3. Thinking It’ll Become a Habit
For some people, working out regularly does become a habit. You can only automate it so much, though. Eventually, you’ll run into something that disrupts your schedule or you’ll hit a day when you just don’t want to work out.
Rather than thinking working out will become a habit, and therefore easy to remember, think of it as something that’s worth making time for. Having a workout as part of your routine is great. But it’s even better to commit to making time for a workout and showing up even if your routine has to change for some reason.
4. Not Setting Reasonable Goals
When you’re trying to accomplish something, you need to set reasonable goals. This is just as true in fitness as in other areas of your life. If you don’t set any goals, then you won’t know what you’re working toward. If you set unrealistic goals, then you’ll get discouraged when you don’t meet them.
Set manageable goals for your workouts. Then track your progress toward those goals. When you reach those goals, set new ones. It’ll provide structure for your workout routine and help keep you motivated.
5. Doing It All on Your Own
Many people find it easier to work out when they’re surrounded by a community of other people with similar goals. Even if you’re highly self-motivated, it helps to have someone you’re checking in with who can hold you accountable to your fitness goals.
Whether you come to Extreme Studio Performance on your own or with a friend; whether you work out solo or sign up for group training, we provide a supportive community. Our members tell us that ESP is more like a “home” than it is like other gyms. But you don’t have to take our word for that. Check out our testimonials page, or sign up today for a tour and a free evaluation with a professional trainer.