Do you struggle getting to the gym on a regular basis?
Are you exhausted after a long day at work? You get home and say, “I’ll go tomorrow.”
Maybe you wake up early, look at the clock, and keep hitting snooze until it’s too late and it’s time to get ready for work.
If any of these sound familiar, I encourage you to try both of these tips.
Don’t Go Home
If you’re like me, when you get home from work, you’re tired. Even though I love working out, sitting on the couch always feels more compelling when I get home after a long day. You can see the couch and the TV and it just looks so comfortable and inviting.
Don’t go home. Bring your workout clothes to work and go straight to the gym to change and get ready to workout. Better yet, change into your gym clothes before you leave the office so that you aren’t tempted to drive home.
At first, Rachael and I discovered this tip as a time saver (yes, we love finding efficient ways to do everything). We both work close to home and to our gym, so we’d just meet at home, get changed and head to the gym. However, after a while, we realized that just meeting at the gym would save us some time. When we met at home we would end up talking about our day or doing a couple of small chores before we went to the gym.
After implementing this strategy, we realized our gym attendance rate shot up. We didn’t miss that many days prior, but now it’s non-negotiable. We never miss! (well, maybe a couple times a year)
So, tonight back your gym bag. Tomorrow, change at the office, and drive straight to the gym.
Just Checking In Counts
If you’re like me, you love the Red X Strategy. It’s a simple tool to track your success when implementing something new. So, if you’re using this tool (or just trying to go to the gym a specific number of times per week), here’s how to make it even easier.
While changing at the office and then going straight to the gym is good in theory, when you’re first starting to implement going to the gym two or three times per week, even that can seem daunting.
Give yourself some leeway. If you go to the gym, you check in at the front desk, and you look around at the treadmills, the weights, and the people there and you just can’t workout that day. Count it. If you really still don’t feel it, count that day. You went. That means X number one. After you build up Xs, you will NOT want the streak to end. Plus, I’ve found that if you can just get to the gym-the physical place, you’ll do something. Even if that something is five minutes on the treadmill or one set of bench press. That’s better than nothing and believe it or not it’s actually helping you build the habit you want. It’s building the routine of going.
Maybe you think it’s dumb, but I guarantee that if you walk in, check in, and look around every day, you’ll get more workouts in than you would if you just went home if you weren’t feeling like working out.
So, if you’re looking to build your gym routine and get there consistently, implement these two tips. They are simple, yet effective.
Good luck, and let us know how it goes!