What is the single most important aspect to fitness success – AKA reaching your goal?
Is it the right exercises? Is it eating the right ratio of fats to carbs? Is it the right shoes?
A big no to all of these! The single most important aspect to success regardless of age, skill level and experience is not only the key to fitness success but success to life in general.
It can determine our grades in grammar school, it can dictate whether or not we get a job promotion and can even make or break a marriage. What is it??
Yes- showing up and physically being present and ready to work is the not only the number one most important part of any fitness routine it is also the hardest part.
I know - duh! I bet you already knew this. And to that I say- Great! Now what are you going to do about it? If showing up is the most difficult part of every fitness program then why the heck does everyone focus in on the right exercises, rep amount, running speed, pounds lifted, speed of completion, ect?
If you are not physically present to even do the exercises it really doesn’t matter what exercise you plan on doing anyways. OK- I know I am being a little harsh but with the year almost half over (YIKES!) I think it needs to be said and a strategy needs to be put in place because I know you want to finish this year knowing you gave it your all to become the healthiest version of you.
So with that said, here 8 ways to show up for your workouts:
1. Pick a go-to workout you can do anywhere.
Walking, running, yoga and body weight exercises just to name a few. Don’t be held back from doing a workout just because a gym is nowhere in sight. Don’t know how to do a body weight training routine or a simple yoga sequence? Check out this thing called google – I tell you it is a lifesaver. Or you can always contact yours truly to develop and take you through a routine specifically designed just for you.
2. Develop and perform the same “getting ready to workout” routine every time before you work out.
This is HUGE! I know it sounds silly but there is really something to be said about having a routine (ask my 2-year-old). A routine leading up to the actual workout physically tells the brain “hey we are about to workout. Time to get’er done!” It can be something as simple as putting on your running shoes and brushing your teeth or may be you put on your special workout cap, eat and apple and start jamming to your workout playlist on your ipod. What ever it is just make sure you do it almost every time and I guarantee you the next thing you reaize is that you will in the middle of your workout and think- hey that was easy!
3. SCHEDULE your work out – DO NOT put it on your to-do list.
Scheduling something requires you to set aside time to do it. Putting something on a to-do list means you will get to it when you get to it. If God intended us to use a to-do list he would not have invented smart phones with calendars with alerts built in.
4. COMMIT to your workout.
Yes- I know – easier said than done. I know work is crazy busy and things pop up out of no where but lets say that your child had to be picked up from school unexpectedly and there was no back-up plan. What would you do to make the time? Cancel a meeting? Take some work home with you? The truth is when something is really a priority time opens up for it. Make your workout a priority worth keeping.
5. Tell someone about your scheduled workout plans.
This can be a friend, coworker, spouse or anyone who you see on a pretty regular basis that might ask you about the workout later (sorry – no dogs or children under 5). When you know someone might ask you how your workout went in the future chances are you will stay committed to your plans. No one really enjoys the feeling of telling a lie no matter how little and white it is.
6. Choose SOMETHING over NOTHING.
Avoid being black and white. If your two choices are sit on the couch and watch the whole season of Mad Men or a 2-hour spin class, then I would like to introduce you to a wonderful color I like to call gray. Yes – there are gray areas to fitness and things are not all or nothing. If you can only squeeze in 20 minutes of core exercises and stretching in your home office before heading off to pick up your kids from summer day camp – DO IT! The alternative is nothing. Something (no matter how small) is always better than nothing because in the end all those little somethings can add up to a really big something.
7. Track your activity.
You can do this the old school way with pen and paper by either keeping a fitness log or putting a little “X” on a calendar for the days you worked out or you can get fancy with different apps or my personal favorite – the Fit Bit.
8. Stay accountable by asking for help
Yes- I am talking about me. I am a very good nag (ask my husband) and can send you emails, text messages, phone calls, ect. Asking for help does not make you weak; it makes you smart and resourceful.
I hope that list was helpful! So what is your next step? Pull out the smart phone and go to your calendar. Look at next week and set your workout schedule. Put is in your calendar and set the alert to the night before so you can get your workout clothes set in place.
If you are not a priority in your own life now - when will it happen? If you think someone you kow could benefit from this post please share it with them! It is June already! Let's get're done!