If you are planning to initiate an exercise plan, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For some people, a feeling of frustration and dread arises. You can feel that your body is ready for exercise, while your mind is not so sure. Mental readiness is just as important as physical readiness when it comes to sticking with an exercise program. What are your fitness goals? Is your mind just as ready as your body is to commit to a new workout routine?
Take the quiz below to learn more about your perceptions about yourself and your training scheme. Once you know your own mind, setting up an exercise routine and remaining faithful to it will become much easier.
1. My primary goal is to:
A. Fit into the jeans I’ve had in my closet.
B. Feel better, look better, and have more energy.
2. I’ve been trying to reach the same fitness goal for:
A. More than 10 years.
B. For the last 5 years.
3. When I begin an exercise program, I generally:
A. Plan it... but never follow through.
B. Start right away no matter what’s going on in my life.
4. My weight loss goal is to:
A. Lose a specific amount of weight based on what I think I should weigh.
B. Lose a certain amount of weight based on what’s reasonable for my current age and lifestyle.
5. I sometimes stop exercising when:
A. I don’t see results.
B. Something comes up such as a business trip or extra work hours.
6. If I get off track with my workouts for several days or weeks, I:
A. Quit altogether.
B. Start again after a few weeks or months.
7. When I think about exercising, I mainly consider:
A. All the reasons I should do it versus all the reasons why I don’t want to do it.
B. How good I will feel when I’m done.
Mostly As: Your mind and body are very ready. You are on the right track. However, if you tend to do the same workouts again and again, whether they’re working for you or not, you need to spend some time educating yourself on how to change what you are doing. In order to avoid boredom, you have to change up your workouts every 6-8 weeks.
Mostly Bs: Your mind and body are not ready at all. You may find it difficult to stick with a workout program because of negative attitudes and faulty beliefs. You may have set irrational goals for yourself which means you are setting yourself up for collapse. Put out some effort and you will be more than ready both mentally and physically in no time!