Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tips for Sticking with Your Workout Schedule

This post is by Dana, a guest blogger on The Z Beat!
As winter approaches and the dark sets in early it is sometimes hard to get to the gym, especially after a long day at work or a long day spent with the kids. The good news is that most likely when you are done your workout you will feel INCREDIBLE and inevitably HAPPY that you made it to the gym. 
Need a little help actually getting to the gym? Read on…

Some Helpful Tips to Get You to the Gym:
  • Pack your gym clothes in your car so you have no reason to go home after work.
  • Block the time off in your calendar so you have a reminder pop up.
  • Find a gym buddy and make a gym date so you are committing to meet someone at a specific time.
  • Register for a class or reserve a bike so you have an actual time you have to be at the gym.
  • Make an appointment with a trainer so someone is expecting you to be there.
  • Tell someone that you are going to the gym. Saying it out lout and engaging others in your plans will help keep the importance of that plan top-of mind. Telling other people will also make you more accountable because inevitably someone is going to say, “How was the gym”….You don’t want to have your tail between your legs and tell them you didn’t go because it was cold outside.
  • Have a reward in your mind that you can take advantage of after the gym (a sugar-free skinny soy latte), or work towards something bigger (the new shoes you’ve had your eyes on, or that workout attire from your favorite store)
  • Post it on Facebook and let everyone know you’ll be at the gym. Don’t forget to check in when you get there (hehe)!

Here are some other motivational tactics to stay motivated through your fitness journey!
  • Keep your gym music fresh. High-energy music will help you work out with more intensity and focus.
  • Get enough sleep! Lack of sleep will derail your training program faster than anything. Most people overcompensate for their lack of energy by eating too much or skipping the gym altogether.
  • Be patient. Make a promise to yourself to stick with it for at least 3 or 4 months. Consistency is key.
  • Don't try to change every habit at once. Choose one habit to change at a time. For example, start with "get at least 7 hours of sleep each night."
  • Stick to your diet and exercise plan for at least 30 consecutive days. The more often behaviors are repeated, the more likely they will become ingrained and habitual.

What motivates you to get to the gym? Share your best tidbits and motivational tactics.


  1. Great tips!! Just yesterday I was telling myself that I needed to keep a packed gym bag in my car for days I'm in a rush and can't make it back home to pick it up!

  2. Oh! How I understand this problem! Making yourself go to the gym is much harder than writing day translations. At least while I write, I don't have to go out.

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