The most important thing in getting in shape is not your workout or diet. It’s your mindset. It doesn’t matter if you enroll in a gym and get the best trainer. It doesn’t matter if you hire the best nutritionist in town. If you don’t have the mindset, you won’t have the right motivation, and you won’t be able to keep up.
How do you develop the right fitness mindset?
1. Make a conscious decision to stay fit starting today.
The road to fitness starts with a decision. This is what many beginners fail at doing. They start gym memberships because everyone they know did. It never came from their own conscious decision. So they end up failing. They end up watching themselves go nowhere. They don’t have well-structured workout program. They don’t eat like dedicated fitness buffs do. This is the recipe to failure. You eventually see them disappear in the gym.
Getting fit is not for the lazy. It’s not for people who wish to try a workout program so they have something sweaty selfie to post on Instagram. It’s not for people who want to do it because they want to look like Chris Hemsworth in 3 months. This is for people with clearly set and realistic goals. Fitness is for people who make a decision today that they will start living a healthy life. It’s for people who have convinced themselves it’s time to do away with being couch potatoes in front of the television and do something about the fat they are packing year after year. It’s for people who don’t only want to look great but also want to develop a healthy body.
2. Keep in mind that fitness is not a month-long, not even a year-long affair.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Those ripped bodies you see on fitness magazines weren’t built in a day, a week, a month, a year. Ask anyone who you think has a perfect physique. Unless you’re already athletic or you have seriously good genes, then you may not have to work as hard as every muscular guy. For most of us, it’s painstaking but rewarding workout routine for the rest of our lives. That’s the truth. It’s something you have to accept if you’re starting a journey towards fitness. Yes, fit guys and girls do take a break once in a while but they don’t stop completely. You don’t spend a year on strength training and stop completely thereafter, expecting your body will remain as it is. So if you want to be fit and stay fit someday, don’t be lazy. Work hard!
3. You don’t see results right away.
Most people who start losing weight or building muscle or doing calisthenics won’t see results right away. Men and women who are already at their prime shape didn’t get into their bodies in just a short time. As mentioned earlier, it takes years to sculpt the perfect physique. Many of these people went through times of frustration, bad workout and diet choices, and bad approaches that led to injuries and downtime.
One of the most frequent mistakes beginners do is overtrain. Doing more sets and reps than you should and lifting weights heavier than your current strength levels can accommodate are the most damaging mistakes. Never overestimate your strength levels. Overtraining can lead to injuries, some permanently disabling. Start easy. Develop neuromuscular adaptation. Buildup on your workouts gradually. Follow a well-structured program. Watch your body change throughout the years. Don’t count months! Most people who do that eventually get frustrated and drop from their programs after 6 months.
4. You have to work hard.
Whether you want to lose weight or build muscle, you really have to train hard. You might have come across 10-minute or 15-minute workouts online. No way! People don’t get fit with these kinds of fad. You might have seen YouTube videos of fitness gurus telling you to tone your arms with those small pink dumbbells. They don’t work. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, if you want to get a nicely toned body, you have to lift heavy. The right intensity, volume, and frequency are what you need.
5. Discipline and consistency are important keys.
Stick to your workout program. Stick to a healthy lifestyle. Occasionally you can slack off, maybe have a bit of beer or eat a little more than you should. But most of your time should be dedicated to staying fit and healthy. You will get nowhere if you don’t have a solid plan and schedule. If you work out only when you feel like working out, you won’t progress.
This is very important. This is why there are different types of workout programs. Some people do weight training in the gym. Some do cross fit. Others do calisthenics or plyometrics. You want to know why? It’s because different people have different goals and preferences. For some people, going to the gym and playing with free weights and machines are their idea of fun workouts. Others find that boring and want to to train outdoors. There are people who get buffed in the gym, and there are others who build mass progressing on bodyweight training. Choose whatever program that seems most convenient and fun for you. Remember, if you can’t stay on a fitness program because you hate it or it’s boring, it’s useless.
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