Do your mornings sometimes feel like a battle between your good intentions and your comfy bed? If you’re anything like us, a random Tuesday might begin like this:
Good Intentions: The sun is just rising! It’s the perfect time to head out into the world and work up a nice sweat!
Good Intentions: No, no, no! Let’s go listen to that birdsong and greet the morning and set the tone for an awesome day! All we have to do is lace up and get out there!
Bed: But BED.
Good Intentions: No, but see – *killed by Bed*
We have all been there, and it stinks. You want to do right by your body, but you just don’t have the tools to get started. It’s not just the morning, either: Any time of day can be sabotaged by poor preparation.
That’s why in this article, we’re going to talk about how to overcome the “I don’t wanna” hump by turning your workout into a routine, not a choice.
In a democracy, choice often seems ideal, but it has some serious drawbacks as well. In fact, compelling study results demonstrate that the more choice you have, the less likely you are to take action.
If you want to make sure you exercise, the best thing you can do is remove choice from the situation. Let's talk about how you can ramp up fitness motivation to levels you may not have previously experienced by creating an excellent routine.
Creating a workout routine you stick to every single time requires more than simply rolling out the yoga mat at the same time every day. You’ve also got to forge the right mindset. If you turn exercise into a should, you won’t be very successful.
Our minds tend to rebel against things we should do, and we’re much more likely to fabricate excuses not to. Instead, remind yourself you exercise for you; you take the time to do it because you want to treat yourself right.
Make a specific plan for when you will workout each day, then begin your routine with a reminder that you want to do this.
Most people use accessories when they workout. Keep a charged audio player and earbuds on hand at all times.
Put any other accessories you might need – resistance band, dumbbells, jump rope – in the same place, so you always know where to find them.
If you have to actually leave the house to workout, take that time and extra effort into account as well. Create a reliable system for your workout clothes, shoes and gym bag.
Make sure you launder the clothes you’ll need and pack them up again the night before, so you’re not scrambling day of (or using poor preparation as an excuse to fail.)
Pack your key accessories along with them, so they’ll all be in the same place when you get to the gym, track or beach the next day. Then make a habit of unpacking and dealing with your bag as soon as you get home.
You won’t get very far if your workout doesn’t match your lifestyle. Love the beach? Run there. Adore swimming? Get a pool membership. Hate to be watched? Do yoga videos at home. Whatever works for you, go with it, and don’t feel pressure to do something else.
Eating and drinking well are crucial if you want to be able to follow through with your routine regularly. When you’re hungry or dehydrated, you are much less likely to find the motivation to break a sweat.
Drink regularly – here's a handy calculator to help you figure out how much you need during various workouts. Eat protein about 2 hours before your workout, and again after. Choose leafy vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, like avocado, in between.
Of course, you may still fall off the wagon some days. Everyone is human. When that happens, try not to beat yourself up. Instead, just climb right back on the following day. Before you know it, your routine will become second nature andyou may start to crave it.
That’s when you know you’ve made it. Until then, work hard to put habits in place, and you’ll be surprised by how quickly you see success.