The #1 Workout Mistake You’re Making

Fitness: Get Fit

By: // September 29, 2017

We talk a lot about workout mistakes—over-exerting yourself, not using proper form, or even using the wrong footwear. But when it comes to exercise, did you know the worst mistake you can make is with your mindset? I talk a lot about how your mindset plays a larger role in your health than you may think. The connection between mental health and overall wellbeing gains more and more credibility every year, but on a smaller scale, your attitude towards your workouts can either help or hurt your results. So what’s the number one workout mistake you’re making? Viewing exercise as a punishment and not a reward.

Here’s how to reward your body with exercise instead of punish it:

Do Workouts You Actually Enjoy

Who says you have to slog away on the treadmill every day if that’s not something you actually like? Sure, we all have to push past feelings of defeat or boredom during exercise sometimes, but it shouldn’t be a constant feeling of dread when it comes to your workouts. You do not have to do the workout that’s the most popular or the workout that your friend enjoys—you have the right to find a form of movement that you enjoy. If you’re currently in a workout rut, aim to try a new form of exercise once a week (don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone!) until you find a new form of exercise you actually like. You can meet your fitness goals through dance classes, Pilates, hiking in nature, rowing, or so much more! If you need any inspiration, check out our library of workouts at Get Healthy U TV! 

Build In Rest Days Every Week

If you take the no-pain, no-gain approach to exercise, you’ll burn out quickly and will eventually come to loathe your workouts. You need to build in rest days every week not only for your body to recover, but also your mind. Once you’re on a roll with your workouts it can be easy to get addicted to them and want to push yourself further each day. But taking rest days (even when you don’t want to) can help your body and mind come to crave that next workout even more—keeping your attitude towards exercise as positive.

Related: 6 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Don’t Take A Rest Day

Express Gratitude For Your Body

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When you’re in the middle of a hard workout, instead of thinking something defeating, tell your body thank you. Thank you for working hard. Picture the blood pumping through your chest, the oxygen filling your lungs, the sweat dripping off your brow and show gratitude for these sensations. How you view your body and what you tell yourself about it can affect how you view your workouts. To be able to move is a blessing; find joy in your movement and exercise will be more fulfilling!

Pay Attention To Your Inner Dialogue 

You’re always having at least one conversation even if you’re silent—the one in your head. You may not even be aware of the thoughts you’re having and the messages you’re telling yourself, but you’re constantly communicating things to yourself. When you’re getting ready to workout, try to become aware of the thoughts you’re having and their effect on your mood. Are you telling yourself to workout because you feel bad about your body? Or because you want to do something nice for your body? Do you feel guilty when you have the occasional indulgence or do you think “everything in moderation?” View your workouts as ways to take care of and reward your body—not as punishments for eating one too many cookies.

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on October 18, 2017 at 8:34 PM Reply

You are so right about that inner voice in our heads that is never silent. How to keep the positive words coming.....and shut out the negative thoughts is most important. We work out to keep our bodies fit and our minds healthy, not as a punishment for eating too much or for eating the wrong things. That positive train of thought will motivate and reinforce our efforts and not diminish our drive.

on May 27, 2017 at 8:32 PM Reply

Thank you for your message most of us who exercise need to be reminded often. I do enjoy you workout sessions and try to do something every day except Sunday. Please keep doing what you do and sharing it with us.

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