The first step is getting going, up from the computer or T.V., make it part of your routine. For some people starting with a workout in the early morning, roll outta bed before your mind realizes what your body is doing. The early morning is a great time for some to to a cardio workout, running, biking, swimming or maybe rowing. Maybe it’s a strength workout that you want to get in, weights, TRX or just body weight.
Early morning is what you are thinking you want to try, start your day with some energy and not have to find motivation at the end of a long work day. Stepping out the door for an early run or bike ride, lay your clothes out the night before, place them in you top drawer or right beside the bed. When I was first building a more regular fitness routine and the gym wasn’t handy, my workout clothes went into my underwear drawer, this way I couldn’t forget about getting my workout in. I would walk my kids to the bus stop ready to go for my run as soon as the bus pulled away.
Make your workout day routine, Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, same time each day. You may have to play around with the time of day that works best for you. Early morning 5:30 -6:00am is not for everyone. Depending on your responsibilities, mid morning may work or stepping out from work for a lunch hour workout. Your local trails and gyms have similar busy times, you may want to avoid these times or you may love these times. It is typical busy at the lunch hour 11:30-1:00pm and after work 5:00-7:00pm.
Write it in your daytimer, save it on your phone calendar. If you are so inclined and have time record workouts you did. Keeping track can be motivating and help you figure out if the time of day you’ve chosen is working for you. It will also help if you can note how each workout felt, things like the frustrated, waited forever, cut workout short and why. You do not have to write full sentences, point form or emojis will work.
As always these days “there is an App for that”, for runners and cyclists a favourite is Strava, follow others compare your pace and ride times to others in the area, who been on the same path, there are dozens of apps available for logging your strength workouts. Maybe you have some stickers around use those reward chart stickers for you and your little ones. Maybe you have a friend to meet up with or friend who has a similar goal and you can help each other with accountability, a text, a call, or as big as a closed FB page for a small group of friends.
When you’ve been routine for a few weeks, treat yourself with a new pair of socks, a cool top from your favourite store, online or box store. There are a lot of fun fashion choices for workout gear. Remember to keep it fun, this will be key in keeping yourself motivated to continue.