- Want to start running in the cold? Mentally prepare yourself and carefully plan your attire. It's better to over dress and consider how to adjust once your body warms up. Imagine running with what you plan to wear. Consider road conditions. Snow and slush covering the roads? Make sure you have gore-tex trail shoes and wool socks. Accounting for all of these factors will prevent you from feeling discouraged. It only takes one or two tries to master prepping for winter outdoor activities. Before you know it, you will relish the crisp air, holiday scenery, and winter serenity.
- If you are strength training, create a workout and then visualize your plan in action. Prepare for the unexpected. E.g. Someone is occupying equipment you need? Have an alternative ready. If you're feeling unusual strain in one part of your body, try a set of exercises to work another muscle group.
The best way to make the most out of a workout is by going in with a game plan (and a backup). For those of you who know me well recognize this fitness mantra of mine. You might be thinking, 'Okay, easy to say but harder to do'. Here are two ways that having a game plan and starting with a good mindset can help you complete a satisfying workout.