For many people the hardest part of getting to the gym, is well, getting to the gym. We find every reason why we can’t get there today. I left late, I’m too busy at work, the kids have a thing… On and on it goes. There’s always tomorrow, or the next day. Before you know it, a month has gone by and you are no closer to getting started. Sound familiar?
Let’s shift gears and think about the times that you actually got to the gym. Chances are, you didn’t get there and say, “never mind.” You actually did the class, or got on the equipment and did your thing. You probably felt pretty good about it too. Once you’re there you might as well do something – right? For many of us, the hardest part about getting fit is staying disciplined!
We turned to Next Level Coach Zach Hackerson for some sound advice on the topic and here’s what he had to say.
Most of us start off really motivated, but aside from getting through the first day or two, we proceed without a plan in mind. Unfortunately, without a plan, motivation quickly fades to failure. I always recommend people start off with a simple plan because it just requires a little bit of discipline (a.k.a. the key to success!).
1. Plan your workouts. Show up to the same class, at the same time, 2-3 days per week. Treat every class like it’s an appointment you can’t miss.
2. Drink water (in lieu of all other drinks). Drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces of water a day. That means if you weigh 150, drink 75 ounces of water every day. If you’re craving a soft drink, add fresh fruit slices to your water for some flavor.
3. Plan your meals. Decide what you will make for the entire week and take a few hours to shop/food prep one day/week. Most of our clients do this on a Sunday. Whether you cook at 6pm every night, or toss your ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning, planning your meals makes it less likely that you’ll make poor eating decisions – like hitting the drive thru!
4. Remember your “WHY.” Any time that you are tempted to drum up an excuse to skip your workout, grab a soda, or dine at a fast food joint, take a moment to remind yourself why you wanted to get fit in the first place. Then ask yourself “is skipping a workout or eating poorly more important than my why?”
Finally, most people stay more committed when they are working toward the same goal as others. So, find a gym that offers group fitness, weight loss challenges, nutrition coaching and moral support.