Over the last few weeks, I have been more observant regarding approach working out. I believe we can learn from our past training programs. From teaching my undergraduate Lifetime Fitness Course to launching my first online coaching group this month, I have the opportunity view fitness programs from a number of different perspectives.
As a health coach and trainer, I often receive questions that are more concrete such as how to perform a specific exercise or what type of exercise is best for fat loss or gaining strength. The answers to these questions will vary inevitably based on an individual’s goals. And more often than not, the answers to these questions are rather simple and to the point.
One thing that has become crystal clear over the past month or so from my engagement with students, clients, and myself when it comes to training is this:
Successful workout programs aren’t so much about the technical aspects of training.
Successful workout programs start with solid foundation.
Successful programs need a foundation from a spiritual, psychological, emotional, and mental aspect. All of these aspects play into our mindset. There is a key role mindset plays in training, and I believe it is with our mindset that we can establish our solid foundation for any workout program. Here are my three best practices for building that solid foundation for your workout program:
1. Love Yourself. This is HUGE! If we love ourselves, we will value ourselves and give ourselves permission to be human, permission to spend time on ourselves, and permission to invest in ourselves. Just this week alone, I cannot tell you have many comments I read in journal entries, emails, and Facebook posts of women being so incredibly hard on themselves, specifically on their physique. The number on the scale does not define you, your body fat percentage does not define you. When you love yourself, your priorities, including yourself being one of them, will fall into place. You will make the time to workout, you will enjoy the workout, and you won’t be spending energy on beating yourself up!
2. Be Consistent. This one is simple and to the point. If we want a program to work, we need to show up consistently. We can’t throw in the towel after a day or a week. Being too hard on ourselves doesn’t get us very far if we give up. Stay the course; show up day in and day out. The chips will fall into place, but they can only do so if we set them up to do so. Stop spending so much time in your head, and start taking action.
3. Choose Process. When I say this, I mean choose to embrace and invest in the process of the program. Whether your goals are to lose weight, get stronger, do a pull up, run a 5k, a large part of achieving the end goal, the outcome, is being fully committed and invested in the process. IF we can do this THAN we can truly get the most out of our program and the journey.
And there you have it, my three best practices for optimizing any workout program!
I hope you have an amazing day!