1) Workout first thing in the morning
I’ve discovered over the years that working out first thing in the morning is best for ME. That way, your workout is out of the way for the day, and you can focus on other things. Chances are, if you say you will work out after work or after school, you’re going to get home and be tired, and say “screw it”. That’s why I train first thing in the morning when I am fresh and energetic!
2) Surround yourself with those who will push and motivate you
We all have those days where we absolutely do not feel like doing anything! It’s on these days, it is even more important to have a strong support system by our sides. Whether it be your friends, family or partner, they need to be encouraging you with your fitness goals. It’s much easier to throw down the towel and say “screw it” and go eat an entire bag of chips when those around you are doing the same thing. Instead, surround yourself with those who will say “come on now, it’s only a 20 minute session and will be over with” or “you can do it, let’s go!”
3) Train, even when you do not feel like it
We all need at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week. With that being said, it is better to get up and move (even if you feel sluggish) than to sit down and not move at all.
4) Have a plan beforehand
Know what you are doing before you get to the gym or workout at home. Instead of half a**ing a few exercises, have a weekly or even monthly training regimen. It’s important to keep yourself accountable and to perform all the exercises you intended to. To see results, it’s also vital to have proper progressions through periodization.
5) Prepare your food and outfit the night before
To often we’ll say “I don’t have time”, “I’m tired”, “busy day at work” etc.. However, I believe we all have that little extra time to prepare for our workouts. It all depends on your PRIORITIES. If exercising and living a fit and healthy lifestyle is important to YOU, trust me, you will find the TIME.
6) Enjoy what you’re doing!
Last but not least, ENJOY what you’re doing. I wake up every day excited to try and kick my new workout’s a**. If you’ve been doing the same program for the last 3 years, it’s time to switch things up! Don’t just go through the motions, put some effort and meaning into your workout.