The Total Self – Mental Preparedness For Better Health


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This article is some food for thought. It’s a simple “pre-workout checklist”. Kind of a mental checklist for you before your workout. Situational Awareness is not just a fancy word for the military. Please use this. It will help.

Preparedness for each workout is critical to success. You and you alone are responsible for making sure that you are doing the right exercises to meet your goals. It’s also your responsibility to make sure you come to each session ready to work hard and give it your all.

If you don’t, you can rest assured you won’t be able to give a maximum effort and therefore, progress could be slow to get going.

Fortunately, if you follow this pre-session checklist, you can feel confident you are going in fully prepared.

  1. Have you eaten? If you are not fueling your body right before each workout, you will not perform optimally. Aim for a light meal or snack containing protein and carbohydrates around 200-400 calories.
  2. Motivation, please. Each person is motivated by different techniques. Whether you watch a video of your favorite athlete or you say some positive affirmations to yourself, do something that will get you inspired and ready to get it in.
  3. What are your goals for the session? Make sure that you set a purpose for each workout – one thing that you want to accomplish to move yourself one step closer to success. Accomplishing that purpose will work wonders.
  4. Clothing and footwear. While you don’t need much to get in a workout, you do need to make sure you go in prepared. Don’t overlook the importance of this.
  5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!! Dehydration can be just as bad as skipping a pre-workout meal, so make sure you are fully hydrated going in.
  6. Clear your head.  Before you get started, clear your head of anything, deal with anything that will impede your progress. Workout partners and trainers are not mind readers, so make sure you are mentally prepared to get that workout in.

So have a look over this check list before each workout- and you can feel confident you are getting the results that come from the hard work you put in at the gym.

Preparedness is surely one of the basics.  THE BASICS ALWAYS WIN!!!


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Kente Bates

OSN Fitness Expert Kente Bates is a personal trainer, writer, and coach. He has been involved in sports and fitness for over 20 years. You can reach him on twitter: @halcyonfg16. His health/fitness blog, Halcyon Fitness Group : and his email (where you can ask questions concerning health, fitness or anything relating):

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