Feel Positive about Training
As a recent licensed partner of the excellent Workout At Home system there are a number of useful resources that we can provide to our clients. One of these is the Fitness Programme E-Book.
There is a section of this e-Book which I’d like to reproduce here covering the topic of the psychology of training at home, which provides you with some useful tips’ to help you overcome inertia, to do the program, and to feel positive about training in general…
1. Change the way you think about the experience and effects of exercising
2. Activity is infectious: get active and you will start training
3. Find the right social setting for optimum motivation
4. Listen to your body and understand what it is telling you
Remember. No one can change your behaviour but yourself, but if you can’t change your behaviour don’t beat yourself up over it.
1. Change the way you think in order to overcome inertia.
“Make positive connections between thoughts and feelings in order to make you want to get started and to keep you going.”
Our thoughts and feelings are deeply connected. Simply changing what we are thinking about can lead to a change in our feelings and the way we act.
There are days when we are tired before our training. For many of us this leads to a feeling that training will not be enjoyable and that collapsing on the sofa is the right thing to do, when in reality we would probably prefer the energised feeling that comes after training. This can happen despite the fact that we have trained before while tired and benefitted from it. We simply forget to make the mental connection.
The solution is very simple to explain but requires practice and habit for it to become automatic. When you are next approaching a scheduled training session try thinking about some positive aspect that makes you feel good.
Visualise that situation. For example, this could be to do with people you will be training with, or the feelings you get from the physical activity itself.
Visualise it and at the same time try to remember what it feels like.
2. Activity is infectious.
“Prepare to exercise and you will exercise.”
Even if we cannot change the way we feel about training it can often be very helpful to do some simple lead-in activity. Before we realise it we may then automatically continue our activity into the training session, even though we didn’t initially feel like doing it.
This is the basis of the common advice that to overcome inertia or procrastination towards any task we should just do something, anything, and this will help us get moving into the real task.
Create yourself a routine to perform before starting each training session. For example, keep your home fitness kit and manual in the same place and make a little ritual of preparing to train by placing the items in the correct places ready to begin. Alternatively, keep a diary of what you did on the last session and what you will do in this session. Make the ritual as detailed and as accurate as you can.
This may seem unnecessarily organised, but the more like a ritual you can make it the better.
The activity must be directly related to training, making a cup of coffee is the wrong thing to do because it is associated with taking a break. Instead, perhaps make setting up of your water or sports fluid a part of the ritual. Something directly related to training helps to immerse us in thoughts, feelings and moods associated with training and before we know it we will have naturally started the training itself.