One of the biggest problems people have with working out, is time. People especially in NYC jam pack their day full of a to-do list and working out is either last on the list and the first thing to get bumped off as well. Some of my most dedicated clients that carve out the time in their schedule for fitness are usually the ones coming back from an injury or their doctor has diagnosed them with something and tells them they need to start a fitness plan. Exercise and healthy eating can be preventative as well as something to help restore you. But most people I hate to say don’t get into it until after the fact.
Lets start at when do you think is a realistic time that you will workout. If you are not a morning person, I don’t suggest you start there. You might one day love exercise so much that getting up at 6am to fit in your workout will be a piece of cake because that’s how much you want to invest in it. Are you a lunch time workout person? Where you just want to bang it out along with the rest of your day? If this is the only time you honestly can then go have an effective 45 minute workout. In and out. Or do you like to finish your day off with a nice weight training program and some cardio? Some people don’t want to be rushed through their workout and prefer to do it when their day is done. However, this is how it falls off of the to-do list when people are tired and drained from their day. The point is MAKE IT HAPPEN. MAKE IT COUNT.
You may not be able to go everyday and that’s ok. If you are a beginner start small 2-3 days a week. Set those days and a set time aside. Put it in your calender and make sure you stick to it. What are you going to work on? How long are you going to stay? Are you going to take a class? All things to take into account when going to the gym. This is why people work with Personal Trainers, it takes the details out of it for them. You don’t have to think about what you’re going to do, program designing, or how long. All of this is done for you before you even walk in. And also, holds you accountable because usually their is a cancellation fee if you cancel within 24 hours so if you don’t go, you’re out the money.
Find your flow. I usually meet the same people at the same time every week. I’m apart of their lives 2-3 times a week. And they love that it is something they can count on.
Here are a few tips that help people get into making fitness a habit.
1) Pack your gym clothes, towel, water bottle, and a snack in your bag the night before. This is the last thing you want to think about between making your coffee and running to the train.
2)Leave a pair of sneakers and socks at the office! I know this sounds silly, but you don’t know how many people forget their shoes at home and have to forfeit their workout because of it. If you just have a designated pair that never leave the office, that’s one less excuse that you will have.
(Here is one of my gym outfits ready to go, along with a liter of water and my new fav Quest Bar flavor S’mores! OMYum it is so good. I highly recommend it if you are a quest bar lover).
3)Trust the process! Rome was not built in a day, neither is your body. One of the reasons people fall off the exercise wagon is because they don’t see the results they want in a week. One thing I tell my clients that want to lose weight is, “It didn’t take you a week to put the weight on, it won’t take you a week to get it off”. (I mean you can but it is neither productive or safe. And you will find yourself seated in front of the fridge with a big tub of ice cream screaming, “you can’t take it from me”). Patience is a virtue that anyone on a fitness journey must endure.
So, my 9-5er’s add your fitness plan to your weekly schedule and don’t take it for granted! You invest time at your job, don’t forget to invest in yourself.