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Positive-Workout-Mindset-MagMile-CrossFitHow do you feel about working out? Be honest. Do you love it? Do you look forward to your weekly workouts? Or do you dread it because it feels like a form of torture?

Working out should never feel like a form of torture. As coaches, that’s the last thing we want you to feel when you step foot in the gym. We want to challenge you and encourage you to accomplish your fitness goals. And with the right mindset, you can not only achieve those goals but also create a positive mindset around working out.

Here are three tips for creating a positive workout mindset:

1. Find something you enjoy.

Overall, physical activity should make you feel good. The physical and mental benefits of exercise promote an active and healthy lifestyle. With that being said, it can be tough to reap those benefits if you’re forcing yourself to do a workout that you don’t enjoy. If you have to psych yourself up to get to the gym every single time you’re going to work out, it’s time to find a new activity. You don’t have to love every second, but if you can have some fun while you sweat, then you’re more likely to approach your workouts with a positive mindset.

2. Be consistent but flexible.

Even on a day you wake up feeling like you don’t want to work out, you can still maintain a positive approach. Instead of holding yourself to a rigid schedule, give yourself some flexibility around your workouts, and listen to your body. If you’re not feeling motivated, it might be your body telling you that you need to get some extra rest. Or, you might need to be your own cheerleader and get yourself to the gym. Even with a consistent weekly workout routine, leave space so that you can make small adjustments to your plan. For example, if you were planning on working out before work, but you needed a few extra hours of sleep, then move your workout to later in the day.

3. Track your progress.

Another way to create a positive mindset around your workouts is by keeping a workout log or journal. The intention behind this workout journal is to have someplace to track your workouts and your progress, so it can be paper or digital. Once you start recording your workouts, you have real evidence of what you’ve done so far to accomplish your fitness goals. The details and specifics that you keep track of are up to you. You might even add a note of something positive that happened in your workouts.

MagMile CrossFit in Chicago offers a positive and well-rounded approach to assist you in your fitness journey. Are you curious about CrossFit and interested in learning more about our programs and classes? Contact us today to get started.