Double Post Day!
I used to be a morning workout person. I would get up at the weekend no problem and head to the pool. At university for my Masters I got up 6 days a week and either went swimming or running.
Why am I struggling now?
I have gotten into the habit of working out in the evenings. I go to running club in the evenings. Swimming club during the week is in the evening. Exercise classes are only in the evening. I’m just out of practice I think. It also doesn’t help that this time of year it feel like it is always dark.
But the gym is open and I need to get my strength workouts in. I wish it opened earlier so it didn’t feel quite such a rush to get in, out and ready for work and car share pick up.
So I’ve come up with some tricks I need to start doing to help me out:
- Get my work bag ready the night before, including lunch and breakfast to take to work
- Get my clothes (work and gym) ready the night before.
- Schedule it in and allow some getting up time (for a cup of tea of course)
- As reward chose something to get when I have completed a month’s worth of workout – if I miss one I start again
- Go to bed earlier and shut the TV/laptop/phone off
- Don’t over schedule myself at the weekends – allow a day for me (nap if needed)
Some things to consider over time:
- Ask the gym trainers if I can split my strength workout into lower and upper body for shorter workouts and get help doing it for an effective workout
- Maybe sign up to Pact to keep me motivate.
- Can I find a home workout to do in winter?
So as a supplement to my January Fitness Workstream I am committing to get up every day this last week of the month and workout. I will be aware I will be more tired and plan to stay in so that I can go to bed when I need to. I will also allow time at the weekend to nap and rest. It’s going to mean being a bit selfish, but that goes hand in hand with my no spend month for February, so it makes sense to make the most of a gym membership I already pay for for my exercise classes, so might as well use it for the gym.
Wish me luck!