Creating Discipline: Before, During, and After a Workout

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Sign up, show up, and get results. It’s a simple process to understand and just as easy to screw up, especially for someone in the beginning stages of developing a workout routine. So what’s the best way to create discipline to land the results you really, really want?

Pre-workout

  • Plan it. Pick a time, location, type of exercise or class. Commit to two or three days each week, at least.
  • Time it. Provide the time it takes to get to the gym by prioritizing the rest of the chaos in your life. The most common excuse for skipping a workout: I don’t have time. Yes, you do. You’re just doing something else with it.
  • Prepare for it. Hydrate, fuel with healthy foods, stretch and warm up, and bring your gear.

One more rep!

  • Let go. Workouts are a time to shut off the mind, and allow the body to do its thing.
  • Want it. Remember why you’re here. Whether it’s a weight-loss goal or embracing a healthier lifestyle, want it. Tell yourself, “I got this,” and “I’m in this.”
  • Get excited. When you’re about to dive into a tough 10 minutes of tabata or a burning round of planks, take a deep breath and smile. Be proud of your body for everything it can do. It’s about to get stronger.
  • Embrace it. A workout is a small percentage of the day, so go all in and don’t forget to breathe.

Post-workout

  • Stretch it. Allow the muscles that spent the last 30 or 60 minutes contracting to release before you walk out to sit in your car on the drive home.
  • Drink up! When you feel thirsty, it’s too late. You’re already dehydrated. Drink a full glass of water and add a protein shake following strength and conditioning.
  • Record it. Get a little notebook and jot down what you completed. This will give you a visual of your workout routine and help you set goals.

The best way to maintain discipline is to have a plan. What are you goals? They can be long-term or short-term—a goal is a goal. Utilize some form of record keeping so you can see the progress you’ve made. By establishing a plan for the week or month ahead, it gives you something to look forward to, and the schedule holds you accountable. Be sure to get a solid month of disciplined workouts under your belt before introducing a rewards system. There is nothing sexier than a confident woman taking her health seriously. Go for it!

Contributed by Amanda
Amanda is a wife, mother, exercise and wellness enthusiast, and freelance writer and editor. When she’s not chasing her toddler, you can find her in the gym, voluntarily putting herself through high intensity, muscle-shaking, heavy lifting, one-more-rep kind of workouts. As a Les Mills GRIT Series instructor, Amanda coaches small teams of motivated men and women to achieve increased levels of fitness and body awareness. But she is a student first and foremost—always learning and researching the latest fitness trends, which she shares right her on Strong Is Our Sexy.

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