PLAN AHEAD: Schedule Your Workouts
It’s been extremely cold in NYC thanks to the Polar Vortex and I admit that the last thing I want to do is leave my apartment. While I’m sympathetic to the fact that the cold affects more than those of us just in NYC, we New Yorkers (and Chicagoans) have the pleasure of walking in the sub-zero temp. One of the worst feelings in the world is to sweat in gym and then have that same sweat freeze on your back the moment you walk out the door. Sure, I can shower and dry myself off at the gym but who likes to shower at the gym? Point, I don’t like going to the gym when it’s below zero.
Sometimes resolving to work out more is just not enough. You need a plan! If you schedule workouts like you would a meeting or date, you’re more likely to show up and stick with goals. Here’s something that can help you form a plan, and more importantly, stick with it!
I have to schedule my workouts. Not because I’m OCD, but because I know if I don’t put it in my calendar I will forget and fill my time with food (happy hour, dinner dates, brunch, etc). I use a simple template like the one above and write down what I’m doing and when. Then it goes in my blackberry. (Ok, maybe THAT’s a little OCD!)
I don’t always follow it perfectly, as often times I aim to work out six times a week but will hit four. Four is always better than zero! This plan gives me the extra accountability to make sure that I don’t look back at the end of the week realizing I didn’t accomplish my goals for the week. It’s a visual reminder at home and at work that I have a meeting with myself, which is often the most important kind of appointment.
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Do you plan and schedule your workouts ahead of time? What tools do you use?