“Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”
Anything we do in life requires preparation. We help prepare our children for school with lunches, projects, and packed backpacks. We prepare our cars with gas, washer fluid, and oil changes. We prepare for our day at work with key cards, ID badges, equipment, lunches, and laptops. Basically, everything we do, we need to prepare for and if you are unprepared, it is noticed right away and sets the tone for a downward spiraling bad day.
Going to the gym is something you also need to be prepared for. This is something a lot of people don’t think about but if you are not prepared, your workout can have that same result of a downward spiral. It can lead to you not enjoying your workout, or being frustrated enough at all the mental energy it took you to actually get to the gym that it forces you to walk out before you even start your workout. I have also seen gym members just sitting and socializing because they forgot their headphones. I’m a huge believer in the benefit of being social, but c’mon really?!
If we take the time to prepare for every other aspect of life, we must take the time to prepare for the MOST important one: your health and fitness. Going the gym is a task, it takes up time in your day, it takes you away from your children, and it requires you to carve out time in your busy schedule. BUT….it’s worth it! This is your body, your health, your strength, your endurance, your LIFE. So prepare for it!
When I leave my house for the day I look like I am moving out of town. This is how much prep work I do. It’s exhausting but worth it. Every single night before I go to bed, I prepare for the next day. This is ALL done before relaxing or watching Netflix! This sets the tone. This is what prevents my downward spiral and THIS is what ensures that I get to the gym! Always remember your 5 P’s: “Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.”
– Sarah C., Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex