I’ll admit it; I’m a workout aficionado and I’ll do it anytime anywhere. It’s incredibly essential to take care of your body because that is your most important instrument in life.

I wasn’t always this way. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to stick to exercises and having the right workout mentality to do it.

Whenever my friends ask me how I do it, I tell them that taking care of my body is something I can’t compromise. I know It doesn’t come easy to everyone, but I also know it depends largely on how you prepare yourself for such commitment.

Most of us just don’t have the right mentality. Especially since working out is a vigorous task. If we don’t have the right attitude to face the challenge, it definitely won’t help us do it correctly and the results will seem unrewarding.

A few simple things you can do before working out that will help you get the right type of mindset are:

Dress comfortably

I know; it seems so obvious that I shouldn’t even mention it. But to be honest, if I don’t feel good about what I’m wearing, I won’t take the challenge like a champ. I’m convinced this has to do with the time when I used to dance; if I didn’t feel comfortable in my clothes, then I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on my moves.

There’s something about this that I can’t pinpoint why it’s so effective. Maybe it’s gaining a little bit of confidence, even if it may seem superficial, or the preconceived notion that our subconscious sees when we look in the mirror. Whatever it is, use it to your advantage and have your gym clothes separated so that it won’t be a hassle to find them.

Have a goal

It doesn’t have to be a difficult one and it can’t be wishy-washy either. Saying “I want to be skinny” or “I want to be healthy” isn’t good enough; if you want to get down to business, you need to be very specific of what you want and how to achieve it.

For me, my ultimate goal would be to do a one arm pull up. However, right now I’m able to do only 8 consecutive regular pull ups. It would be unrealistic if I were to do 20 consecutive pull-ups, so building the steps to get from one point to the other is key.

Take the time to plan out how you are going to exercise, and if you don’t have any idea, there are numerous amounts of information you could search for. Personally, if it’s your first time, I recommend you to speak to someone who can already do what you’re trying to work for, or consult a personal fitness trainer just so they can give you the small but important details about your workout plan and avoiding injuries. Once you know the goal of the day it’ll be easier to incorporate into the next tactic.

Give yourself a pep talk

For those of us who don’t have a trainer on our backs pushing us to the max, this is a must! During your warm-ups, you need to talk to yourself to get a flow of motivation going because, let’s be real; your brain is an important muscle. If you don’t have the conviction to go through the workout to revamp your physical and mental health, than you are just preparing yourself to lose. Even if you’re not the best or you’re just beginning, you are in a competition with the ‘you’ from yesterday.

With this simple maneuver, try to incorporate the reality of your current condition. In other words, know your real physical strength and stamina so that you can break from that point and focus on an overall upgrade. When you have your mind focused and ready, the right group of muscles is more likely to be used which will help you prevent muscle injury.

Get in front of the mirror or start warming up those feet and give yourself the pep talk that you would give to an athlete in the making.

Drink water

I’ve mentioned a couple of benefits and reasons to drink water in this article but it’s good to mention a few other benefits. Before engaging in your workout, prepare your body by drinking water. This will make sure that your body is ready to have something to replace the fluids that leave your body to prevent dehydration. You’ll also prevent cramps and reduce headaches for when the intensity begins to rise. And for the long-run, it will improve your flexibility as you stretch your muscles, which you should definitely do after every workout to decrease overall soreness in your precious body.

By combining these tactics, you are heading in the right track to make sure that a safe and avid workout. Keep your goals clear and ready to whip them out for those moments where it feels like you want to quit and stay on your game for a better you! And as a bonus, make sure you have a good playlist of songs that pump you up to give a little boost and get you into the right mood.

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