There’s a lot of psychology with working out, and it’s important that you understand what goes on in your mind when you work out, especially when you are just getting started. Your brain may tell you that there is no way you want to work out. You can’t even find the motivation to spend 30 minutes getting physically fit.
One of the first things you need to be aware of is that your brain may make unconscious responses. For example, you may have every intention of going to the gym, but instead, you drive to the grocery store and pass the gym entirely.
Your brain is hardwired to minimize effort, so working out is going to be more of an effort than what your brain wants you to do. The only way that your brain will sort things out is if it knows that there is a reward on the other end, such as getting the body you have always wanted, preventing a heart attack, and so on. Establishing a reward is important, and unfortunately, living longer isn’t generally what your brain has in mind.
Develop a Healthy Addiction
You actually need to develop a healthy addiction, which involves tricking the brain into thinking that the gym and exercise in general is a reward. There are many ways to do this, depending upon your lifestyle. It could be jogging, biking, or doing anything else. You will have to do it for an extended period of time, but in the end, when you stop this kind of behavior, your body will crave it – and this is when you know you have developed a healthy addiction.
As a human being, we like to be rewarded. We like the pat on the back, so to speak. Building various soulful circuits will make it easier for you to reward your brain. Team sports, working out with a buddy, or joining exercise groups will make it easier to get these connections and ultimately, the rewards.
The more you learn about the psychology of working out, the easier it will be for you to give your brain what it needs in order to see working out as a good thing as opposed to a bad thing. Repetition is key, and after a certain period of time, you will start to develop a habit, or an addiction so to speak.
It is going to take a little bit of effort on your part, and basically you have to re-train your brain and show that exercise is a reward as opposed to a threat.