Do you need to stop overthinking your workouts?

With the current technological advancements, you don’t need a personal trainer to come up with a great fitness plan. This is great – free training! But with so much info available it’s easy to get caught up on the minor details. Spending your energy and time on getting the specifics just right can actually hinder your progress. Instead, it’s important to focus on breaking a sweat and working your muscles – simple. We’ve put together some ideas on how you can get the most out of your workout without spending the time overthinking it!

Stop procrastinating

There are so many ways you can procrastinate before working out: making sure you’ve eaten the right amount of macros, choosing a playlist, deciding what to do in the gym and even tying up your hair! Forget about all of these and your main focus will be on exercise – the way it should be during a workout. How else will you get the best out of exercise? As soon as you do the first deadlift or take your first step on the treadmill, you’ll forget about your pre-workout routine. So ditch it! Avoiding procrastination is the first step to not overthinking your workout… just do it!

Find a workout video…

…the evening before. Fitness videos are an awesome way avoid overthinking a workout – you don’t have to think of the plan! You just have to get started. However, it’s no good looking for a video just before you workout. Finding one that looks appealing takes time. So set aside some time for doing the research which doesn’t spill into your gym time!

…or write an exercise programme yourself

Spend no more than 15 minutes doing this and you’ll have a decent workout without having overthought it! A simple structure consists of 3 things: frequency, volume and intensity. So, how rapidly you do each exercise, the number of reps and what kind of weight/ intensity you’ll perform at. Stick to this structure and an hour’s workout will take about 10-15 minutes.

Don’t give up

Determination is key. Chances are, you won’t be good at every exercise first time – and that’s normal! But don’t use it as an excuse to give up on the harder exercises and rethink them. The more time you spend thinking, the less time you spend doing. Remember it’s important to do exercises properly so that you don’t injure yourself, but practice makes perfect so stick at it!

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