Do you miss training days more than you would like to? More than you want to admit… well start admitting it and let’s make a change! Below we will lay out 5 steps to make sure you make your training session the next day!
Just remember you are creature of habit and you will continue to do things that you repeatedly do. If you miss days, you will get into the habit of missing days and not thinking twice about it. Just like when you are on a hot streak and you make a habit to train you will begin to make a habit of training…. BUT always remember the path of least resistance is always the one your body/mind will shift towards. So be aware! Of course it is easier to hit the snooze button, and get another 30-60 mins of sleep, but do you really need it?? Odds are if you are like most of us, you are not sleep deprived you are just taking the easy way out by taking the path of least resistance.
No one wants to be the guy or girl regretting a decision or looking back on “what could have been”. Just do the work now and you will reach your goals and reap the rewards of your hard work!
Before you get to the steps below make sure you are doing it for yourself! Working out only works if you do it for YOU! (you will read up more on this next week during our next blog post to come out on Wednesday)
So use the 5 Steps below to make sure you hit your next session:
Make sure you enjoy the fitness path you are taking:
Whether it is running, lifting, CrossFit, or swimming. Make sure you have fun and enjoy your training. If you dread it, you will always have a mental “out”. If you are looking to join CrossFit in the Raleigh area –CLICK HERE– On the flip side: If you are a tough mental warrior, then take on the challenge to tackle the thing “you do not want to do” first thing in the morning. Then after that the rest of your day just got a lot easier.
Have your friends/family/significant other hold you to it!
Tell your friends to join you for training. If you have a battle buddy you are less likely to skip out on them mainly because of guilt :). It will get you to the gym if you know your “swolemate” is going to give you a hard time for missing. Have your family or significant other on your side, let them know when you are training and have them support you on this journey. That means they should not nag you for training or spending time at the gym, but rather be supportive of this decision you have made.
Schedule your training time for tomorrow:
Make a to-do list and put training near the top, also block out the time to train on your master calendar. If you do not have to-do lists or a scheduler? Make that change now and purchase something like… Panda Planner.Side note: If you know things come up in the morning, don’t schedule yourself in the morning. If you know you are not a morning person do not pretend to be. (although I do believe there are fewer distractions in the mornings!) If you know the boss will always ask you to stay late on Thursdays, train on Thursday morning… don’t let the boss control your workouts!
Sign up for classes the day before:
If your gym allows you to sign in before class and reserve a spot in class. Do it, but ONLY if you plan on coming and you have blocked out that time. You want to make sure you always have the same pattern when making it to a class or to the gym. Again make sure you are not faking it… do not sign up for AM classes if you stay up late. You are likely to skip out on training if you stay up too late. You can always work your way to that.
Set a morning (or evening) routine:
Basically set some things into motion in order to get you to the gym on time. For morning people….Set alarm early enough so you do not have to rush, and NO SNOOZING! Get up, brush teeth, feed the dog, turn on coffee maker, gear up, and get out of the door with your coffee. And repeat this daily. Try to do the same thing every single morning. This will always get you to the gym and make it easy to continue to make it in.
Next week: Prioritizing “YOU” We will dive into prioritizing yourself and your goals, by looking out for yourself the way you look out for a loved one.
Note: All Photos Cred – Andrew Ehsai