Getting started

This first message is for those who need a little extra kick to get started in the gym.  Whether it be working out for bodybuilding or losing weight through a cardio program.  The statement i hear all the time is…”I am just not motivated to work out”?  What does that mean?  It means that in your current mental state you have no motive to act. The solution to action can come in many forms, and over the last 8 years I have found a few tricks to implement that will get you started:

  • Energy – are you home from a 8-5 job and so tired that you don’t have the energy to work out?  Well if that is you I’d recommend a pre-workout energy drink.  Or simply, a cup of white raisins,  a glass of 100% grape juice and some oatmeal to give you fast, slow and medium energy calories to get you started.
 
  • Clothes – you are not going to be motivated sitting around your house in your work clothes.  Go put on your workout gear and magically you will begin to feel the mood change.  Try some bouncy shoes as well, as they help put a boost in your step.
 
  • Music – Crank it up and start it early.  Music has an effect that moves the body and releases a feeling in the body that aids focus and energy.  No classical or talk shows, get some fast paced, high energy music.
 
  • Workout Buddy – this option works great if you can arrange to meet all the time.  However, when you trusted partner can make it don’t let that be an excuse why you can’t hit the weights. 
 
  • The Workout Plan – write down your plan before you arrive to work out before you engage.  This will activate the goal setting mechanism in your brain and give you a more focused mind set. 
 
  • Self Talk – if you are really having a hard time getting off the couch.  Don’t be scared to tell your self, “GET UP, LETS GO”  be your own coach.  You’d be surprised how motivating a good “SELF PEP TALK” can be. 
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