How to prepare for a workout

Our practical tips show you how to prepare for a workout, from encouraging a positive mental attitude to ensuring your body is ready for the challenge

By

Joanne Lewsley

published 7 April 22

Our practical tips show you how to prepare for a workout, from encouraging a positive mental attitude to ensuring your body is ready for the challenge

Wondering how to prepare for a workout? Whether you’re embarking on a brand new fitness routine from a standing start, or looking to step your regular workout up to the next level, it’s important to be physically and mentally ready for the challenges you’re going to meet. 

Our guide on how to prepare for a workout will get your mind and body ready for the next step, from getting the right mindset by focusing on the goals ahead, to making sure you’re warmed up and ready for physical exertion. Plus, we’ll be revealing which red flags to avoid when preparing to undertake a new or more challenging fitness routine.

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There’s no doubt that exercise is good for your physical and mental health. That’s why the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (opens in new tab) recommends that all American adults undertake at least 150 minutes to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week, combined with muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.

However, poor preparation before a workout can have an impact on your performance, and your body. For example, not warming up correctly can: