Many people tend to be anxious about their fitness routine. They want to optimise everything, which leads to overthinking and eventually inconsistency. If this sounds like you, creating a ritual may be the best thing that you can do.
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In fitness, sticking to fundamental principles is much more important than minor details. It’s better to adhere at 80% all of the time than at 100% half of the time. Even so, it’s hard not to over-analyse things, such wondering what’s the optimal timing to eat carbs after a workout.
Creating a ritual around different aspects of your day — waking up, training, going to bed — helps you keep focused and not overthink. Here are a few morning ritual examples from fitness coach Ben Tormey:
2. Step on the scale. Daily repetition removes the emotion, the scale weight is now just a number to note down.
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5. Eat breakfast. If I don’t eat breakfast now, I’ll get distracted by work. I want to enjoy the food.
When you perform “rituals” like these, actions become routine. They become habit. This allow you to pile on small inevitable successes which eventually lead to larger ones.
Create Your Ritual [Benjamin Tormey’s Blog]