I won’t go so far as to say that working out is all in our heads. There are definitely strength, balance, coordination and other physical attributes involved. But so much of what drives our workouts is in our heads and how we think about our workouts.
Take for example, the person who adds his workout to the calendar at lunchtime every day, but can never seem to escape corporate America long enough to spend time for himself in the gym. Or the person who signs up for an early morning class, but can’t pull herself out of bed because she was up too late watching her favorite prime time shows the night before. And then there’s that person who planned on going to class after work, but a better offer came up.
So much of our workouts is just getting there! But that can be so hard sometimes. Yes, things come up that are beyond our control. We may have that lunch meeting the boss-man just called and have to forgo the lunchtime workout. We may have had a late night with a sick kid and there’s just no way we can make it to that 5:00am boot camp class. But in general, when we can’t make it to class, we really can…we just haven’t set ourselves up for success. Here are a few ways to be mentally prepared for class:
1. Clear your calendar: If lunchtime is generally a good time to work out for you, let your co-workers know by blocking that time on your calendar. If evening is a good time to work out, make sure your family knows and that activities are scheduled around it.
2. Set goals: If you have specific goals, write them down and post them on the fridge. Make sure they’re attainable, and be specific. For example, maybe you’d like to be able to run up to the second speed bump without having to walk. Or if your goals are centered around making it to class, maybe your goal is to attend class all five days one week.
3. Have a partner (or attend group fitness classes): Accountability partners are a terrific way to stay on track with diet, exercise, studies and much more. The wonderful thing about group fitness classes like boot camp is that we have built-in accountability partners.
4. Communicate with your trainer: Your trainers are your personal advocates. If you need a little extra motivation, talk to them. They’ve all dealt with struggles in their fitness journeys and can offer advice. If you’re having trouble making it to class, just letting them know the next time you’ll be there makes YOU accountable to THEM.
5. Visualize success: This may sound corny but hear me out. When we actually visualize success, we’re more likely to succeed, because we can see the end result. Next time you’re struggling with making it to class, try to visualize that moment when your instructor says “You’re done. It’s time to stretch.” As boot camp students, we ALL know that that’s music to our ears. We’ve worked hard and now we can relax…ahhhhhh!
6. Focus on the positive: This one’s a tough one. It’s so easy to focus on the things that are hard for us. But have you ever thought about rewarding yourself with a positive thought about something you did well or improved on? Take for example, a student who doesn’t care for running…AT ALL. But after a month of boot camp, she plays in a tennis match and notices a definite change in her stamina. That is what we call SUCCESS!
Recipe of the Week:
Are you a picky eater, or are you willing to try things that might be a little off the beaten path? If you’re the latter, this is a terrific recipe, full delicious flavor and it’s healthy too. For all you vegetarians, add this to your recipes!
1 onion, diced
½ cup feta
28 oz vegetable broth
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small jar artichokes
½ cup dried apricots, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
½ tsp ground fennel
4 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 ½ cup orzo
28 oz can diced tomatoes
Bake onion in oil-rubbed 9×13 pan for 10 minutes, then stir. Meanwhile, set all ingredients except orzo and feta together in a bowl. Add everything to onions (except orzo and feta). Stir to mix. Bake until boiling (20 minutes). Stir in orzo and cover tightly. Bake 10 minutes then stir well. Cover and bake until pasta is tender and liquid absorbed (10 minutes). Sprinkle with feta and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Homework for the week:
This week, homework isn’t a workout that is provided for you. It’s one YOU put together! Even if you are 100% committed to your fitness goals, go through the list above, and write down your thoughts. If your workouts aren’t on the calendar, put them in there. If you don’t have goals, make some. Think of at least one thing you do well at boot camp. If you need help, reach out to your trainers!
The Flip Side:
We encourage you to try out classes at the gym as well. We offer a wide variety of classes including Cycling, Pilates, Cardio Kickboxing, Yoga, Zumba, Buns & Bellies, and Cardiofunk. You can sign up using the same MindBody portal you use to sign up for boot camp classes.
Don’t forget to sign up for a membership so you can continue your fitness journey with us. Membership is $99 for a six-month commitment, and $135 month-to-month.