We have all been there. It is really easy after a long day to just say “I’m going to take a rest day today” and skip your workout. I get it. Things come up, you get tired, you need to stay late at work the list goes on. For people like myself who prefer working out at night, I relate to that immensely. Sometimes things just happen and you can’t make it to the gym or you can’t get a quick run in. I feel for you. The issue with that is when you skip your workout once, it’s more likely to become a habit. Here are five helpful tricks I use to keep me in line with my workout goals so I don’t make up excuses and end up not going.
When you visualize how your week is going to go ahead of time it makes it easier to follow that path because you already have a preconstructed plan. Pick out the days that fit your schedule each week so you are less likely to stress about having no time. For example, if you know you have a big meeting on Thursday and want to spend extra time on work Wednesday night, use that as your rest day and work around your weekly schedule. I’m personally not a huge fan of schedules that go months in advance because you simply can’t plan your life ahead that far, but if you are able to break it down each week then it will seem a lot more manageable.
Never Miss A Monday
Following this rule has helped me a lot. I like to think of Mondays as a start of something new. You are starting fresh for the week and when you make sure you hit the gym every Monday it will start you out on a positive healthy mindset for the rest of your week. Using that day to really go hard on your workout is a nice way to transition from the weekend to a brand new week and will get you more motivated to crush your goals in all aspects of your life.
Workout With Friends
Having the accountability of another person will make you less likely to bail out. You can use this as an opportunity to help motivate each other. Working out this way is something enjoyable you can do with others that will not only help you, but it will help them as well. It will give you something to look forward to throughout the day and let’s be honest working out with a friend is more fun!
Join An Exercise Class
Many gyms offer a wide selection of classes ranging anywhere from hot yoga to cycling to kickboxing and more. See if your gym offers any classes and if not consider joining a gym that does! Having an instructor guide you through your fitness journey will allow you to stay on track with your goals! It’s not always easier to find friends with the same schedule as you so if working out with friends isn’t your best option, being surrounded with like-minded individuals who are there for the same reason as you can be!
Track Your Workouts!
I like to use MapMyRun because I run a lot. However, there are many different fitness apps you can use to help with this such as MyFitnessPal, Nike Training, the FitBit app, Strava, FitStar, and many more. There are apps for all types of workouts such as apps to help create customized workout plans and apps the count calories and track distance. People are even using these as a social app to connect and challenge friends.