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“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
You keep telling yourself that you are going to start an exercise program, but you never do. Something seemingly more important and more urgent always seems to come up, and you just don’t feel like you have enough time or energy for exercise.
My philosophy is that if you don’t make time to exercise you will eventually be making time to be sick and/or injured. I want you to use this article as a guide to overcome the hurdle of getting started, so that you can stop putting off exercising and start being proactive with your overall health.
If you are having trouble getting your exercise program started use the 7 tips below to help get the ball rolling.
7 Surefire Ways to Overcome Workout Procrastination
1) Make Working Out a Priority and Schedule It
There are 24 hours in a day. One of them needs to be devoted to your physical health. Make exercising a high priority task and schedule it just like you would with any other appointment or meeting. Nothing is more important than your health. Make it a priority.
2) Create a List of All the Reasons Why You Are Working Out
We each have our own goals and motives for exercising, but check out these 14 good reasons to workout if you need help coming up with your reasons for exercising.
3) Find a Gym, Workout Class, or Program That You Enjoy
It’s easy to do the things we like. It’s tough to do the stuff that we don’t. Cold weather intensifies our resistance to exercising. Find something that works for you, and you’ll be much more likely to stick with it. The tasks that we want to do the most usually get done the fastest.
4) Break Your Workouts Down Into Smaller Pieces
Think of your workout as a series of smaller pieces put together. For example, the pieces to most, effective workout programs include a dynamic warm up or movement prep routine, strength and/or endurance training exercises, and a cool down or stretching period.
So your breakdown would look like this:
– Dynamic Warm Up: 5 minutes
– Strength Exercises: 30 minute
– Cool Down or Stretching: 5 minutes
Viewing your workout this way makes it seem much more doable than if you just said you have to do a 40 minute workout. Chunk it down for better results.
5) Write Your Exercise Program Down or Print It Out
If a task lacks structure we are more likely to procrastinate on it. Create and print out or write down your workout ahead of time. With a written workout log you know exactly what you need to do when you get to the gym or start your workout at home.
Fill in how much weight and how many repetitions you did on each set. Doing this also allows you to easily track your progress, and removes the feeling of uncertainty from your workouts.
6) Create a Ritual Around Your Workouts
You have to get yourself mentally ready to workout before you get physically ready. Create a ritual such as listening to music, making yourself a workout shake, or read a motivational/inspirational article on the internet. When you go through your workout ritual you are preparing your unconscious and conscious mind for the work ahead.
7) Set Goals and/or Join an Exercise Group or Class
I call accountability “the resistance to laziness.” When you have a group of others or a goal to be accountable to, it’s much harder to not start or not be consistent with your workouts.
Setting goals and having a peer exercise group are the best ways to build the need to be accountable. You’ll be much more likely to go workout on the days you don’t want to if you feel like you are letting someone else or yourself down if you don’t.
“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time.
Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
– Article Written by Pete Visintin Jr.
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