Some days getting your workout in is just easy, everything goes as planned you feel good and everything just flows.
Other days…not so much.
Cranky kids, bosses, spouses. Meetings planned and unplanned. Cars break down nerves get frayed.
The LAST thing you can imagine on a bad day is working out.
And the first thing to cause a problem with your fat loss and fitness is missed workouts. It’s a slippery slope.
One missed workout turns into two then 3 years later, you’re like “WHAT the heck happened?”
So you need some tricks for consistency.
And training myself over the last 30 years I’ve built up a pretty good arsenal of mind tricks to get myself to the gym and get started.
So here are my top three stick to your workout tips, I’ve picked up and use myself.
#1 The 10 Minute Rule.
This is my workhorse.The 10 minute rule has gotten me started into more incredible workouts than any other technique.
If I find my self NOT wanting to train that day.
I say to myself “I’m just going to star this workout and if in 10 min. I’m still not feeling it. I’m going to shut it down.”
Works every time for me.
Yes a couple of times over the years I’ve said that’s enough. On the other hand I get in and just that small commitment is enough for me to get going all the way through.
Some of my best workouts ever wouldn’t have happened without the 10 min. rule. Use it.
#3 The Carrot and the Stick-
Want to go out and eat with your friends at noon?
You’ve got to get your training in before you go to lunch at noon. Or you’re not going to meet your friends.
This is the carrot and the stick.
Carrot is hanging with your friends.
Stick means not going if you haven’t got your workout done.
Carrot and stick works especially well for long term consistency.
Carrot and Stick is also the way to find yourself 30lbs down, sitting on a beach, day drinking in Cabo.
Big goal=Big reward.
#3 Morning Workouts:
I heard this a long time ago and it still rings true.
If something is a priority in your life…get it done first thing in the morning.
And that makes a lot of sense. If some thing is important get it done first thing in the morning.
All kinds of good things happen when you train in the morning.
First you consistency goes up. There’s really not a whole lot going on at 5 or 6 in the morning.
You WILL find yourself way more consistent.
You’ll tend to eat better throughout the day. This is just one of those things I can’t explain, but you’ll rarely if ever see someone train in the morning and
stop for a donut on the way to work.
You’ll also feel better and get more done throughout the day.
Especially once you’ve gotten the hardest thing you need to do off your plate for the day first thing in the morning.
There’s just no downside to this.
And make it easy on yourself, sleep in your workout clothes and just get up and put on your shoes. I have clients that do this.
It’s important so do it before everything else in your life gets in the way of YOU taking care of YOU.
Three tips, each has it’s own place and time but they’re all worth trying out.
It CAN be done and YOU can do it!