Fitness Tips: Mental Preparation Exercises

Here are some exercises in preparing yourself mentally for fitness and exercise. These tips are designed to help you overcome the hurdles of sticking to an exercise program. These three tips are more to do with the psychology of exercise and fitness than actual exercise. Trust me though, when you take these tips to heart and use them to help promote your own fitness and exercise program – they will help improve your personal success.

  • Understand how fitness and exercise benefits you personally
  • Perfection is not the goal, satisfaction is
  • This isn’t a contest, a personal win is quantified only by yourself

So let’s talk about putting these mental preparation tips to work for you.

Fitness & Exercise Benefits for You

Yes, there are dozens of studies out there that tell you that exercise is good for you if you are underweight, overweight or middle weight. There are lots of articles out there that tell you how exercise can reduce your stress. There are lots of articles out there telling you what exercise and fitness are good for. That’s great. You need to decide what benefits you are going to get from it – you need to discover for yourself how great you can feel or how much weight you can lose or how easy it is to manage your stress and to improve your self-esteem. The only person who can answer that for you is you.

Perfection is not a Goal

Perfection is such a joke and it’s patently false, anyway. There is no such thing as perfect. Even the most perfect of diamonds in the world have their flaws. I guarantee you that perfect body and perfect lives of the movie stars and the rich and the famous are not that perfect. Stop looking at yourself and your program in comparison to others. What you want is to feel great, to look great and to enjoy life. The rest of that is just so much detritus littering the side of the road on your path to personal satisfaction.

What’s a Personal Win for you?

This is another question that no one but you can answer. You have to decide what is a personal win and what isn’t. When I first started working out on a regular basis, just matching my workout schedule was a win. Pushing for one extra set or one extra mile became a win. Trimming up and building endurance and discovering how great I felt – that was a win.

You are the only one who can answer what is a win for you. So – what is a win?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.