Working out is a key part of a balanced, healthy life. Making the commitment to be your most physically healthy self is a gift that you give yourself every day. In order to ensure you keep that commitment, there are some things you can put in place in your life to make it easier to get to the gym.
1) Set a time and make it sacred.
Everyone’s heard the old story about the mayonnaise jar and the rocks. You need to put the biggest (most important) rocks in first, then the smaller ones, then the sand. If you are going to make fitness a lifestyle, workout time needs to be one of the big rocks. You arrange other things around it, not vice versa. And yes, some people will call you obsessed, and that’s okay. If you are not sacrificing even more important things, like your family, health or job, then you are doing okay.
2) Get your workout clothes ready and put them on even if you think you might skip your workout
This might seem silly, but it really works. It’s harder to stay in your nice cozy bed if all your gear is out and staring you in the face. It’s all about setting an intention and removing as many excuses as possible. And once you’re dressed for success, it’s almost impossible to crawl back into bed.
3) Plan what you’ll do the day before (or go to a class)
This goes along with the previous tip. The less thinking and planning you have to do the day of your workout, the harder it will be to procrastinate. If you have a detailed workout planned out the night before, it is much easier to get out of bed and get to it. This is also what makes exercise classes or bootcamps so appealing. No planning on your part!
4) Get enough sleep
This may seem obvious, but it’s not. Sometimes it feels like you can have sleep or exercise, but not both. If you compromise on sleep, you are also compromising performance and health. It may require some adjusting, but your body and mind will thank you for going to bed a little earlier in order to get those 6-8 recommended hours. And after all, it won’t hurt to watch a little less TV anyway, right?
5) Take time for gratitude: After your workout take a second to appreciate what you just did and be thankful to your body. This grows into a habit.
This one may take you by surprise, but it really works, just try it. After you are finished your workout, think about how grateful you are that a) it’s done for the day, and b) that you are getting stronger and stronger. Reflect on all the health benefits you just gave yourself; better ability to withstand stress, increased immune capabilities, more lean muscle, less fat. Also, give yourself a pat on the back for your discipline and dedication. Go you!