We’ve talked about scheduling and planning, now comes the fun part … boobies, er, booby trapping yourself so you can’t miss a workout.
Set Booby Traps and Be Sneaky!
Forget your gym bag and working out at work? Keep a workout outfit along with pair of shoes and a pair of socks in your desk drawer at work. If you’re a rockstar, toss in a toiletry kit and a towel (I don’t do this, but I should!). Sometimes I forget my gym bag, but know that I can hit a class over lunch or go for a walk since I have my desk drawer of backup gear.
Getting up early to workout? Wear your gear to bed (just not shoes, silly). You’ll be a lot more likely to hop to it if you’re already dressed. I used this tactic this last summer when I had a packed schedule. The only time I knew could workout was at 5:30 AM (ugh), but I also knew that I’d roll over and go back to bed if I wasn’t already ready to (literally) run out the door the second my alarm beeped.
Too many errands to run? Depending on how far away your errands are, you can do double duty. I used to RUN errands to pick up small items from the store. If you have a bike, you can do it all much faster than on foot. And once you factor in the time it takes to find a parking spot vs. the time it takes to bike, you might actually be saving time.
You’re just not feeling it? Enlist a friend. My boyfriend (the beef as I like to call him) has dropped me off a few miles out of town when I’m not excited about running. He’s been known to kick it to Jillian with me in our living room or be my cheerleader. You could make a game out of it — do calisthenics that your toddler can do (or attempt to do and look cute while doing it) — jumping jacks, mountain climbers, wall sits, etc. Call up a friend and see if he or she wants to go to that crazy-sounding Advanced Step class with you.
Do you like boobs? What kinds of booby traps do you think you could set for yourself to help you get your workouts in?