The Psychology Of Fitness

Mindsets, Body Types and Everything In Between
Quick Tip #26 ~ Make Your “Guidelines” Simple

Quick Tip #26 ~ Make Your “Guidelines” Simple

Every time that you decide to workout  or eat better, there’s always two factors to consider.

The first is your why’s behind taking on or attempting to take on a new habit.  Are you doing it because your doctor told you to or are you doing it because you want to be able to play with your grandchildren?  Both of these reasons explain the why to workout, but both can influence your choice to stick to the routine.

Beyond the “Why” to workout, you also have your ‘what’.  Your what is your “How to” list.  In other words, how do you plan on actually taking the steps you need to workout.

The Psychology Of Fitness - Long To Do List
Don't have a to-do list this long when trying to lose weight

Often times, many of the people have elaborate rules and guidelines which permit whether or not they will allow themselves to workout.  It’s these “How to” factors that influence your habits more than your whys.

Therefore, when trying to figure out what to do and how to do it, make your “guidelines” as simple as possible.

For example, if you’re on a diet, don’t say I’ll count my calories if you don’t know the calories of most foods.  Start with portion sizes and just limit your portion sizes.  Once you get that down, then start reading lables or vice versa.  At the end of the day, you need “guidelines” that you can stick to.

For me, when I’m trying to put on muscle, the rule is simple – Get to the gym everyday.  There are some days when I’m going to feel like shit and won’t do anything except recovery work, such as foam roll and stretch.

Other days, I’ll go and stick to my routine.  At the end of the day, if I follow that one workout rule and one eating rule, then I’ll put on muscle.  What’s the one eating rule?

Have four protein shakes per day.  With those two rules, I’ll be able to put on muscle as quickly as possible, without needing an overly-elaborate plan that inhibits me more than it helps me.

This is what you must do.  Make one overall eating rule and one overall workout guideline.  By doing so, you allow yourself to actually stick to it when everything else in life seems overwhelming.  Here’s a couple of examples.

If you’re just starting to workout:
Workout rule – Get to the gym every Monday thru Friday for at least 30 minutes.  Learn one strength training movement per week.
Eating rule – Eat at least 6 servings of vegetables per day.

If you’ve been working out for a couple of months:
Workout rule – Put together a program to follow Mon/Tue/Thurs/Fri.
Eating rule – Have a complete protein with each meal and snack – this can be in the form of a shacke, yogurt, meat, fish or eggs.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below.


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