We’ve all heard it before–preparation is the key to success. That’s great in theory, but what does that really mean when it come to your fitness goals? How are you supposed to “prepare” for weight loss, muscle growth, or increased endurance? Read a book? Think about what your goals are? That can be good, but probably isn’t the most practical way to take action and create positive change in your life. Let’s break it down into some simple, yet game changing ways you can set yourself up to succeed in the gym and at home.
1. Make an appointment with yourself…and don’t cancel.
How many times have you told yourself you would go to the gym, only to find yourself caught up in chores or binge watching something on Netflix and suddenly it’s too late to get in a workout? The best way to avoid this is to plan ahead. Find the time on your calendar that works best, block it out for a workout, and follow through. You wouldn’t bail on a meeting with somebody else, don’t do it to yourself! There are no excuses when it is clearly set aside as a time to focus on your health.
2. Set out your clothes the night before.
This one is particularly helpful for people who only have time to workout first thing in the morning. It is way too easy to hit snooze when the alarm goes off at 5am, especially if you aren’t prepared! Make it automatic. Lay out everything you need for the morning (clothes, sneakers, water bottle) before you go to bed and that will take all the thinking out of the process in the morning. Just roll out of bed, grab your stuff, and get to work. You’ll be in the gym and making progress before you even know what happened!
3. Meal Prep.
This topic is probably going to get a whole post to itself soon so I won’t get too into the nitty gritty details, but I want you to think about the last time you went to the drive thru. What was your thought process? Usually, it involves something like “It’s been such a long day, I don’t want to have to go home, figure out what’s in the fridge, and actually cook whatever is there…I’ll just stop by McDonalds, it’s already on the way home and I need a break.” We’ve all been there. But what if we take the issues of convenience and time out of the equation to make the healthy choice easier? Just an hour or 2 over the weekend cooking big batches of rice, chicken, and veggies or freezing some slow cooker meals will save tons of time and energy throughout the week, save money, and save your diet…talk about a win-win!
This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are countless ways to plan ahead and set yourself up for success when it comes to your wellness goals, but these are a few great ways to get the ball rolling. None of this is easy, but that is what makes it SO rewarding when you finally reach one of your goals. Do you have any favorite tips for planning ahead or things that keep you on track when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle? I’d love to hear them! Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.