If you’re reading this, then that means you’re probably trying to get your shit together. I know how hard it can be to make time for a workout when we have fifty gajillion other things to do. If you’re someone like me who works a full time job and has a crazy commute, thinking about going to the gym, the track, or even the living room for a workout, is such a motivational daydream at the start of the day. Come 7:30 or 8:00pm and instead, it’s time to Netflix and chill with all the comfort food I can inhale.
It’s so easy to shoo away any thoughts of a healthy routine when all you want to do after a 12+ hour busy day is vegg the f*** out. Fear not, I have a few tips on how to not turn into a vegetable. These tips will however, help turn your butt as firm as an unripe garden tomato. Tomatoes aren’t vegetables by the way. I still don’t get this but ok…anyway, read on.
Decide when you want to work out.
If you actually plan out your schedule ahead, you are more likely to stick to that schedule. For example, if you know you have to go to work or school in the morning, make a decision to go before or after. If you’re a morning person, you might want to get up a little early and squeeze in a workout. Sometimes it’s better to go in the morning if you have a long work day ahead of you. By the time you finish work or school, you might be too exhausted to go for a run. If getting up early to workout is is as appealing as walking barefoot on iron nails, then you can pick up some caffeine and hit the gym after work.
Remind yourself why you’re doing this.
It’s already a struggle to work full time or get an education so that you don’t starve. On top of that, you have to take care of life errands, make time for family, and socialize so your friends don’t think you’re a hermit. When the hell are you supposed to have time to pay attention to your dwindling body muscle? It would be a heck of a lot easier if you were paid to stay fit. Well most of us don’t work for Victoria’s Secret or Beachbody, so if you want it, you need to put in the time for it. Whether it’s to lose a couple pounds, be able to lift more than your body weight, or just to keep away from the Dr.’s office, you need to make that commitment for yourself.
Make it a social activity.
Getting a workout buddy is a great way to make time for socialization and a workout. If you haven’t hung out with your best friend in a while or worked out, and you only have time for one activity, why not combine them and knock out two birds with one dumbbell? Was that lame? Sorry, I’m really not sorry =). Anyway, having someone exercise with you is motivating. Your workouts will feel fun instead of feeling like a chore. Plus, planning a workout date will force you to follow through with the plan because now you have someone else holding you accountable.
Liked these tips? I’ll have more coming for you soon. Don’t be stranger, share your fitness successes or concerns in the comments section.