You may have heard the saying before that a failure to plan is a plan to fail. I don’t know if that’s true in all situations, but it can certainly be true when we’re talking about fitness. It’s much easier to stick with it—consistency’s the watch word—if you’re not scrambling to get everything ready at the last minute. So, here are a few ways you can be prepared.
#1. Wash your workout gear
It’s a lot easier to get out the door when you have something to wear, right?
#2. Schedule your workouts
Instead of thinking that maybe you’ll run after work or do squats on your lunch break, actually, plan fitness activities. Allow yourself time to work out. If you belong to a gym, check their schedule to see what classes interest you.
#3. Pack your bag
If you do belong to a gym or your workout requires extra equipment, make sure your gym bag is ready to go. Put it by the door (or in your car, if applicable), so you don’t forget it. If you work out at home, lay out any equipment you use, so it’s ready when you are.
#4. Decide your meals
It’s a good idea to get in the habit of meal-planning, especially if you’ve had trouble with mindless eating in the past. Once a week, sit down and plan your meals. It’s not a bad idea to do some meal prep then, too. If you don’t know how to meal prep, I’ll be writing about that in a later post soon.
#5. Pack your snacks
While you’re figuring out your meals, make sure to get some snacks ready for the week, particularly if you are going to be out of the house, either at work or school. When you don’t have a healthy snack with you, it’s too easy to grab something fast and often unhealthy.
#6. Go to bed
Do whatever it is you do to unwind and then get at least 7 hours of sleep. Then, you’ll be a little more prepared to be up and at them the next morning.