Dragging to get your butt to the gym? I feel your pain because I’ve been there! From middle school through college, I had an obligation to fitness- 2 hour swim practices were a daily requirement. As an adult I (we!) don’t have the luxury of mandatory, scheduled workouts! Even though I’ve found a fitness plan and community that I love (my adult version of the swim team) there are STILL those days that moving my body is the last thing I want to do. I’ve shared 5 gym prep strategies below that help me get through the draggiest (invented word, but so appropriate) of days!
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First thing’s first: wear clothes that make you feel great. Dressing for success is a real thing, and for me, it includes what I wear during my workouts. I want to feel comfortable both mentally and physically, so I always choose clothes that are comfortable for the type of workout I’m doing, as well as clothes that I mentally feel great in. These lace back leggings and matching sports bra are a great option: they’re great quality (not see-through and stay up), are tight but not in a bad way, and are both cute and affordable.
The “10 minute max” strategy: When I’m dragging (i.e. sitting in the gym parking lot procrastinating), I tell myself I have to work out for “just ten minutes.” If I’m still dragging and not in to it after the 10 minutes are up, I’ll let myself go home. I’ve used this strategy more times than I can count, and I’ve only left the gym ONCE. When I left, it was a gorgeous 80 degree day and I went for the best run/walk by the beach. Can you blame me?
Lay out your weekly schedule on Sunday: we schedule appointments with the intention of keeping them. Scheduling workouts shouldn’t be treated any differently. For example, if I know that Thursday night I’m going for drinks with a friend, I make sure to plan to work out in the morning, or use Thursday as my rest day. Scheduling around your weekly obligations make your workout it just as much of a priority as your job or school. I swear by my planner!
Find a few fitness bloggers to follow and follow their workouts for inspo: there are soo many free workouts and programs out there! Find a fitness CPT account or two that shares their workouts-and use them as your own! My two favorite ladies to follow are Abbie @corporate_sneakers and Brittany @fitwith_brit Both ladies are so inspiring and share great workouts! I actually purchased and completed Abbie’s 13 week My Best Body program and let me tell you-it was KILLER! She offers two different FREE three-week trials!
Set a goal: Training for something leaves little excuse because you’re working for a goal date. Sign up for a fun 5k, half marathon, Spartan Race-something that will motivate you to put in the work! Round up a group of friends and make a day of the event!
Be honest with yourself: If you’re struggling to get moving-figure out WHY! Are you bored with your workouts? Unsure of what workouts to do? Intimidated by weights? Once you figure out what the issue is make a plan for a solution. Sign up with a personal trainer, seek out a new program, ask a friend to bring you as a guest to their gym.
But also be gentle with yourself: Nothing kills motivation more than being down on yourself. Not every day is going to be your “best” day. Every rep you complete and every minute you put in to progress is worth acknowledging.
What are your biggest fitness struggles? How do you work through them?
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