We find new excuses to skip the gym every day:
- “Just a few more minutes of sleep…”
- “I don’t have time today.”
- “I’ll work out tomorrow.”
Even the most hardcore personal trainer is prone to procrastination from time to time.
When our schedules become busy, working out is usually the first thing to be skipped.
However, there are 2 problems with this…
1: When your days get overwhelming, exercise can be the ultimate stress reliever… both physically and mentally.
2: Faltering with your diet and exercise program can put a halt to all of your previous health and fitness gains, making it even harder for you to reach your goals.
Stay committed to your healthy lifestyle with these simple tips.
1. Start Slow
Exercise must become a habit, and habits form over time. If you start off too strong, you may burn yourself out and shortchange that initial burst of motivation you had. This is why most diets fail before they barely get started.
2. Have A Plan
Studies show that those who go to the gym with a structured workout plan are 70% more likely to reach their goals than those who went unprepared. This is precisely why all of the programs I build for clients come with a day-by-day, step-by-step action plan for every second of their workout. Eliminate the guesswork.
3. Set Realistic Goals
Want to gain 20 pounds of muscle in 4 weeks? Forget it! Setting your sights too high will only frustrate you when you don’t meet the impossible expectations you’ve set for yourself.
4. Pick A Convenient Time For Exercise
Make a note of when you are most physically active and your energy levels are high. Take advantage of these time zones by using them as windows of opportunity for working out.
5. Schedule Your Workout Times
Add your workout times to a daily calendar just as if you were meeting with an important client, had a regular television show you wanted to watch, or you had a standing lunch or dinner date. If someone asks to do something during this scheduled time period, simply tell them you “already have plans”.
6. Find A Workout Partner
It’s usually harder to let someone else down by not showing up for a workout than it is to let ourselves down. Either find a buddy with similar goals, or choose someone at the gym who works out the same time you do, and tell them you have this awesome new program you’d like them to experience with you. A good option for a workout partner is hiring a personal trainer in Miami!
7. Reward Yourself
When you’ve made progress on your goals, you need a way to say “Good job!” Buy yourself a new CD to listen to during your workout or get some new workout clothes that will really show off your awesome new body.
8. Do SOMETHING!
Unless you work a regular schedule and have absolutely no social life whatsoever, there will be situations that will arise to take you away from your program; vacation, illness, that Star Trek convention you had planned, whatever!
However, studies have shown that just doing one full body workout a week, or simply doing a few minutes of pushups and a few rounds of one-legged bodyweight squats, is enough to at least maintain your body’s anabolic momentum.
Don’t throw your whole program out the window because of a little bump in the road to a fabulous physique. Do whatever you can until you can get back on track.