So, you don’t feel like working out today? Well, it would seem you’re not alone. According to the 2011-12 Australian Health Survey, a whopping 63% of Australian adults are classed as overweight or obese, which would indicate that there’s a heck of a lot of people out there forgoing exercise in favour of extra sleep, boozy lunches, longer work hours or any other of the myriad excuses that us personal trainers hear daily.
If you’re serious about getting fit and losing weight, the bottom line is that you need to find a way to ditch the excuses and make exercise an integral part of your life. And the good news is that it’s not that difficult – you just need to be a bit organised and follow a few simple rules:
Lock it in Eddie
I don’t mean some vague plan that at an undisclosed time in the future you may do a spin class or a yoga DVD. You’ll find an excuse not to do it. Instead, right now, go to your calendar and block out an hour in your diary every Monday to do my interval training workout.
Many a good intention has been foiled by lack of planning, so now is the time to make like a Boy Scout. If you like to workout first thing in the morning, have your gear ready so you can roll into it without thinking in the morning. If you run at lunchtime, pack your bag the night before, and if you exercise in the evenings, lay your workout gear on the bed when you leave for work. And always, ALWAYS have a session plan!
Don’t overthink your upcoming session
Better yet – don’t think about it at all. Chances are that as soon as you start to think about the 10km run or strength circuit in front of you, the doubts will start creeping in. That tickle in your throat will get more pronounced, the day ahead of you even busier, and before you know it you’ll have talked yourself out of training altogether. If your mind starts to wander negatively towards your upcoming session, take a deep breath and make a conscious decision NOT to think about it. A workout is never as bad as you imagine it’s going to be!
It’s no secret that when we eat well, we feel more inclined to get up and move our bodies. Filling up on the good stuff (and ditching the refined sugar rollercoaster) will help you stay on track, as well as provide you with plenty of energy for your workouts. Check out some of my favourite recipes here.
Make exercise a habit
Sometimes motivation can be hard to come by, which is why many suggest the key to a successful exercise program is actually something much more simple – making it a habit. This all comes back to planning, and locking your workouts in ahead of time. Before you know it you’ll be wondering what you did before Stairs Wednesday!
If you’ve been talking about getting fit, or thinking about talking about getting fit, or even talking about thinking about talking about getting fit, then now is the time. Don’t be part of the 63% – keep this list on hand and re-read it whenever you feel doubts and excuses start to creep in. It’s time to make your health a priority.
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