Stick with the Gym
It’s easy to come up with excuses why you shouldn’t jump on the treadmill after work. Too tired. Too busy. Too stressed. Whatever the reason, it’s inevitable. The body is naturally programmed to have these responses. But if you’re determined to stick with your fitness goals, set yourself up for success with tools that will keep you in the gym.
- Find a buddy. Working out with a friend or coworker will help you avoid the temptation of skipping a day at the gym. If someone is supposed to be there with you, it will help keep you accountable and give you a companion to share the experience with. Make it a social event. Make it fun. Do whatever it takes to entice you and your buddy to keep going.
- Find the energy. One of the most common excuses for skimping on exercise is fatigue. The fact of the matter is that more physical activity will provide you with more energy. Working out will give your metabolism a boost and you’ll find yourself with a little more pep in your step. Convince yourself that tiredness is no excuse and you’ll find that extra boost of energy if you stay active.
- Find the time. Life is busy and stressful. Add kids to the mix and you’ve got soccer practice and troupe meetings to deal with. But setting aside specific times each week will help you stick to a healthy dose of exercise. If you’re having trouble finding the spare time, keep a log of how you’re spending each hour in a day. Reevaluate your log after a week and see if you can shift some things around to accommodate a few workouts.
- Switch it up. Boredom and monotony will also keep people away from the gym. Make sure to vary your workouts. Find fun and unique ways to add physical activities to your routine. You will burn out quickly if you spend every day on a treadmill. Plan for a day of running or walking, a day for cycling, playing basketball or lifting weights.