April 7 2017 by Jess
Ever say to yourself ‘this week I’m going to go to the gym 4 times’ but then find yourself coming up with excuses mid-week to not workout? “I’m too tired, I don’t have fresh socks, it’s been a long day, I forgot my water bottle, i’m all out of gym workout inspiration, I’ll get back too late, I don’t really have time….” sound familiar? We’ve all been there! We’ve asked Jess to share her top tips to make it to the gym on the days when you find yourself trying to find any reason to not go!
“This is my number one tip. We will let ourselves down far more than we will someone else, so committing to train with someone will make sure your excuses are non-existent.”
When you know someone is going to be at the gym waiting on you, you are less likely to cancel. Plus, you might even push yourself harder during your workout! Find a friend to be your gym buddy to keep you motivated and by putting a date on both of your calendars it will be much easier to stick to your gym schedule! “Make sure you know each other’s goals so you can remind each other of it on the days you’re not so motivated and encourage each other along!”
“We put our work commitments in the diary and we rock up to our meetings on time, so why not our appointments we have with ourselves? The first step to keeping consistent with your exercise routine is to fix some non-negotiable gym time or exercise time into your calendar.”
Is there an instructor at your spinning or boxing class you particularly love? Or is there a cycle route you particularly like doing that you can only do at a certain time of the day or on a certain day of the week? These factors will determine your training time so put them into your calendar accordingly.
If something comes up, because life happens (!), remember that the healthier you are, the more productive and happier you will be in work and outside of work. See if there’s another time you can move the meeting or arrangement to and if the meeting or commitment can’t be moved, replace your training slot to the next available day.
f the idea of going to a gym and doing a weights/ cardio session doesn’t float your boat, then experiment with pilates, kick boxing, a group spin class, ballet or power yoga. We are spoiled for choices these days but the bottom line is exercise should be and can be fun!
Get your gym bag ready the night before so you’re not scrambling around for matching shoes, clean leggings and a sports bra in the morning! A packed gym bag that is ready to do means just one less thing to think about in the morning. Plus you won’t have an excuse to not go!
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.
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