I am just going to jump right into this. I have said this before and continue to believe it. If the gym is part of your day, it makes getting there that much easier. When we have the mindset that starts with “I have to go to the gym” or “I still need to go to the gym” it makes success challenging. If we look at it as a negative, it makes it a little harder to go. We need to have a mindset of “I get to go to the gym. I am going to improve my health.” We can even think “I get to improve myself in general. Having a positive outlook makes it a lot easier! I am going to paint a picture here, so try and stay with me. Imagine if you workout 4 days a week. Let’s say your rest days are Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. You make sure and let your friends, family and coworkers know that you workout on the other days; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Being consistent and not bending on this sets the standard for you and for the people around you. It sets the expectation. At some point they will stop asking you to do things on your training days.
This leads me to my next point. What if you only make plans for after your training sessions? What if you only do things on your rest days so that it doesn’t impact the rest of your workouts? Do you think you would have a little more success when it comes to your goals? I sure believe you would. I hear it all too often. People skipping workouts to go meet friends for dinner, drinks or just to hang out. Those hang out sessions will be there after you take care of your health first. And if they aren’t, well maybe it was a good one to miss. Over weeks, months, and years these negative behaviors make achieving your goals much harder. While positive behaviors help you achieve the health changes you are after.
All I am saying is, if you want to hang out with friends do it on your rest days. If it’s a big deal swap a scheduled rest day for time with friends or family. Finally, make plans for after your workout. Going into the new year it’s super important to work on good habits. Work on things that you can build on for weeks, months, and years to come. That’s my rant for the day. I will be posting about more topics as the weeks come. If you had anything you’d like me to touch on please let me know.
Lyman Hiter III