Are you sometimes tempted to skip your scheduled workout? Or, have you procrastinated on even setting a workout schedule in the first place? What are your reasons?
The reasons can vary, of course, but in 2011 researchers set out to determine the most common cause for lack of exercise. The results probably won’t shock you; those who perceived exercise as convenient were able to work out more often. Those who viewed it as inconvenient often skipped workouts, or didn’t exercise at all.
This is both good and bad news. First, the good news: The most common reason for lack of exercise was not a lack of actual time or ability! For most of us, exercise is a realistic possibility. The bad news is that your perception of convenience will be a major factor in whether or not you stick with your program.
So, how do you change that perception?
Choose a gym on your daily route. If you want to work out before or after work, choose a gym that’s located on (or close to) your regular route. If you choose one on the other side of town, requiring a long drive in traffic, you’re more likely to skip it. Resist that mistake, no matter how much better their prices might be.
Stash equipment nearby. Keep your gym bag in the car, an extra pair of running shoes in your office, a jump rope in your handbag, or whatever else you need to exercise on the spur of the moment. You will set yourself up for success by preparing for exercise anywhere, at any time, rather than hoping you’ll remember to pack the right things each day.
Or, keep equipment at home. Maybe you’re not a gym person, and that’s okay. Some running shoes, a few hand weights, and perhaps a stationary bike or treadmill are all you need for a simple and effective home gym. If you prefer, you can add items such as a yoga mat, ankle weights, and elastic bands. Follow a few exercise, yoga, or Pilates channels on Youtube, and set up your home gym in a roomy area of the house near a TV. You could even just use your phone for videos.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Analyze the reasons exercise feels inconvenient to you, and get creative! For almost every problem of convenience, there is a solution. For more tips on regular exercise, diet, or weight loss, give us a call. We can help you achieve your goals safely.