Words cannot quite express how much I’m not one of the type of person who just *needs* their workout to get through the day. But if there’s something I dislike more, it’s feeling slow, out of shape, and just on that side of heavier than the range where I’ve felt my best. There are a couple of steps which are in practice small, but can have huge ramifications if followed through on. Such as:
- Measure and set an achievable goal. If you know that you average some number of steps or walk about a certain distance a day, make it a mission to do half of that distance by lunch time. It’s made a huge difference for me.
- Find a way to make yourself be held accountable (in a healthy way). Send a trusted friend a message with your exercise accounting for the day, link up with like minded people through your fitness tracking program of choice, or write it on a sheet you leave out somewhere you’ll see it regularly at home. Not being able to change or adjust it later is key- make it be out of your hands once it’s updated.
- If you can afford it, grant yourself permission to buy the tools (clothing, gym memberships, fitness trackers, sports gear). Then consider how many times you have to use it in a week to make that up front cost worth it. One day? Three? Five? Seven? If it helps motivate you, make it a mission to make that average cost as low as possible.