As the seasons are changing, so are people’s reasons for skipping training sessions. It’s one thing for something to pop up—that’s understandable, life happens. However when it becomes habit that CANNOT be tolerated.
“I have work.” “I have to take my kid’s to school.” “I have to take my kid’s to soccer, hockey, football.” “ That’s the only time of the day I can go do my errands.” “I have a meeting.” “I got food poisoning.. Can we reschedule?” “ I’m not feeling like I can workout today.” “It’s hard to get up when it’s still dark out.” “Oh.. that’s too early.” “I have to go to the bank.” “It’s so nice out, I’d rather be outside.” “I need to catch up on sleep.” “It’s been a long day at work.” “I feel guility leaving during the day to workout.” “ I don’t have enough time in the morning to workout and get ready.” “The classes I like, aren’t at the time I am available.” “I am so tired when I wake up.” “I am so tired at the end of the day.” “It’s so cold in the morning, it’s hard to get out of bed.” “I am travelling all next week.” “I should really get back into it…” “I forgot my sneakers/ shorts/ sportsbra.” “ I have really bad cramps.” “My boyfriend dumped me last night.” “I have so much homework.” “I can’t mess up my hair for work.” “I don’t like getting sweaty in the middle of the day.” “If I workout at night then I can’t fall asleep.” “I’m stuck at work… again.”
DID I GET THEM ALL?
It is hard to hold yourself accountable sometimes, especially when the only time of the day you can workout is in the early morning or late night. If you don’t have the power within yourself (which we are all guilty of slipping once and a while)—make someone else hold you accountable. Make a gym buddy, carpool in the am, or have your significant other hold you accountable.
DON’T HAVE FRIENDS?
In your weekly planner, give yourself a gold star every time you make a workout! Sounds silly, right? Remember when you were younger and you got a star for having good behavior, like making your bed or drinking your milk at dinner—it worked, didn’t it? Why not have the same positive reinforcement with workouts!!! It will be the best $1.29 that you spent on yourself! See how many stars you can tally month to month!
You make your own schedule. Pencil in a workout—whether you are in the office or on the road—you are more likely to get in a workout if you pre-planned it. You make time to do laundry every week, brush your teeth every day, make time for your workout! It’s just as important as brushing your teeth!
BE EFFICIENT WITH TIME
If you have an hour, plan a workout for 30 minutes so there is a sense of accomplishment and you keep moving. Set a timer and rest the least amount as possible until time is up.
I hate when people set unrealistic goals. “I want to lose 10 lbs this month.” That’s great to have that goal, but it’s unrealistic.” Start with something that you can be consistent with, “Make it to the gym twice this week in the morning.” Losing 10 lbs will be a result from making the healthy habit of going to the gym twice a week. We should be more concerned with positive habits, then results. You will see more results if you focus on the habits.
GO AHEAD AND COMMIT!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?