How to Commit to a Workout Schedule
As Napoleon Hill quoted in his self-help book, “The body achieves what the mind believes.” Essentially, this means it is important to not allow mental barriers to interfere with your goals. Whether that is getting up early, sticking to a nutrition plan, or fitness.
When it comes to fitness, this means committing to living a healthy lifestyle and sticking to your fitness goals. Whether that is personal training, yoga, or going to the gym, these tips will help you commit to a workout schedule.
A big part of what we do for our clients at House of Sweat is to help create this structure and hold them accountable for their commitments and schedules. For independent tricks, here are a few tips.
1. Prepare Everything you Need
If you are someone who has a tight schedule or often finds themselves unprepared for the gym, plan ahead to get rid of some stress!
This also goes for nutrition; Meal planning can be a great time saver for stressful work weeks.
Give yourself fewer excuses by packing your bag the night before, or keep gym clothes in your car.
2. Exercise First Thing in the Morning
Planning to work out in the evenings after work or dinner works for some people, but it is very easy to push it off, especially after a long day at work when you just want to socialize or relax in your evenings.
Erin Parker, a national-level Olympic weightlifter, says you should “Prioritize your training, wake up early, and make the time to just get it done. You’ll feel fantastic to have the rest of the day ahead with training already complete.” It is all about mental toughness and dedication.
3. Be Realistic with your Goals
It is easy to get uninspired when you are never getting close to your goal. It is always good to have an objective, but it is not sustainable if you are setting goals too far out of reach. It is just as important to have milestones on your way there.
If your goal is to do a 2-minute plank, be sure to reward yourself for getting to 30 seconds, 1 minute, etc. It will be easier to stay motivated if you have smaller milestones and reward yourself along the way!
4. Focus on Simply Getting Yourself to Your Workout
On days where you feel mentally blocked from making it to the gym, just commit to going for 5 minutes, or go with the intention of doing 1 or 2 simple exercises.
Ultimately, getting to the gym is the most significant step. Once you are at the gym, you are already done with half the battle. You will feel so much better just with the fact that you made it to the gym, and will likely give you the mental push you need to finish your workout!
5. Bring a Friend
Working out with a friend is a great way to keep each other accountable! You could also try a workout app to connect with friends and others that share your goals and can help you stay motivated. Even if you like to work out alone, changing things up and working out with a buddy can help you learn new things and work out harder.
If you do in-home personal training with House Of Sweat, you can take advantage of our Bring a Friend program and stay motivated!
6. Make Exercise Fun
Running on the treadmill is great but it can start to get boring. The more enjoyable the exercise is, the more likely you will be to stay active regularly.
Start by thinking of activities that you enjoy doing that just happen to get your blood flowing and your body moving! Here are some ideas:
Bike new trails (especially with friends)
Dance in the kitchen
Play frisbee at the park
7. Surround Yourself with Inspiration
Remember that your social circle has a big effect on your motivation. If every one of your friends goes to the bar after work, you’re unlikely to go to a gym or personal trainer. In contrast, if your friends are holding each other accountable and committing to their fitness schedules, you are more likely to do as well.
Even take 10 minutes a day to listen to a motivational podcast, or read a few pages in a book. Inspiration in one area of your life will likely carry on to other aspects, like your fitness.
8. Accept the fact that you won’t always want to work out.
Everybody has those days when they do not want to leave the couch. Even the most motivated of exercisers have days they really don’t want to hit the gym. On those days, avoid judging yourself and getting in your head. It is completely normal and OK.
This disinclination is common; Rather than internalizing your thoughts or feeling weak, accept that you won’t always feel motivated and embrace those difficult feelings. On these days, make an effort to do small things, like going for a 10-minute walk or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
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