The most important thing for me is having an exercise routine. If you set aside certain times for runs or other exercise sessions, it’s much harder to “talk yourself out of it”. Make it a fixed appointment with yourself, pencil it in, save it to your (digital) planner.
My husband, sweet as he is, sometimes wants to do me a favor and gives me permission to “skip” a workout. I know he’s trying to be kind, but I always tell him: look, if I skip this workout, it’s that much harder to get back to it next time.
That’s not to say that I don’t occasionally skip a workout. I think it’s fine, as long as it doesn’t become a habit. But I usually only skip it when I have one of these legitimate reasons:
- I am sick (no really, take a break when you’re not feeling well)
- I am super tired/fatigued
- we have another, more pressing commitment (which rarely is the case early in the morning, unless we’re gone over night, which obviously isn’t happening right now)
‘I just don’t feel like it’ very rarely cuts it. And if I have fixed time slots during my week, I am much less likely to even “think about” if I feel like doing it or not, I just do it.
Most of my workouts happen in the morning these days. Since I’ve been working from home for the last 4 months, my morning routine has changed a little bit (and I actually quite enjoy it). I’m taking advantage of the cool morning temperatures during the summer months, the fact that it’s light out early, and the feeling of having accomplished something at the beginning of the day. The fact that I have this view to look forward to during my runs helps!
If I make it my workout a priority in the morning, it’s less likely that something comes up during the day that could derail my workout plans if they were later in the day.
While getting the workout out of the way in the morning is amazing, I definitely noticed that it’s key to still get up and move during the day. I might run 4-5 miles before work, but it’s still not good to sit on your butt all day long. I have a timer on my phone that reminds me to drink water and I am making it a point to get up and walk around or stretch a bit every time that timer goes off (which is 8x per day). I also try to take walks in the evening on my “strength training” days to still get some steps in.
What’s your workout routine these days? How do you fit it in?