05/07/2015 by | 3 Comments
This week’s #HealthyHabits challenge is all about taking small steps to create a fitness habit. But sometimes, the intention to work out doesn’t quite last when you’re trying to wake up early to hit the gym, or do that yoga session after a long day.
So here are our tips on making sure you get in that workout you promised yourself you’d do:
- Prepare the night before. By laying out or packing up your workout gear the night before, you have everything you need to make it easy to get out the door in the morning.
- Tell someone you’re working out. Adding a level of accountability can help motivate you to get moving, even if you don’t want to. Who knows, maybe they’ll even want to join you!
- Keep easy meals on hand. If you’re rushing out the door in the morning, or aren’t looking forward to a lengthy cooking process after working out at night, prepare ahead of time by keeping some easy-to-make meals around for workout days, like smoothies or pre-made dinners.
- Work out before you sit down. If you prefer working out at the end of the day, make sure you get your exercise in before you start to relax. Heading to the gym on your way home from work or only stopping by home long enough to change into workout gear will help you keep your momentum going.
- Pay for a fitness class. If you can’t make fitness work on your own, give yourself the incentive of having spent money on it. Having to pay for a fitness class ahead of time may help you get there often enough to kick-start your fitness habit.
And as a bonus, here’s Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes’ challenge to help you get out the door:
Sometimes the hardest part about going for a run is just getting out the door. Once you’re out the door and moving everything comes together. Here’s a challenge to automate the process.
Set a stopwatch for a 5-minute countdown. Push start & GO! Your challenge is to get all your running gear on, shoes laced and out the door in a race to beat the clock.
Having a challenge and a tight deadline before you can be tremendously motivating and energizing.
What do you do to get yourself to work out when you don’t want to? Let us know in the comments!