That glorious day of the week is upon us again – happy Friday! We only have one more week of August to go. In my mind September marks the start of the fall season, as school starts back up, leaves begin to change color and football season begins. With only one week left of the summer months I am ready to make the most of it and get in those last summer workouts!
I’ve been feeling pretty successful with sticking to my training plan these past few weeks and always feel so accomplished when I can cross those workouts off on the correct day. As I’ve gotten in the swing of things with my training plan, I’ve been thinking about how it feels easier to get those runs done and why it’s starting to feel better.
It’s so interesting to me to learn about different people and hear about all the ways they get their workouts done and keep their health under control. My husband has such a creative mind; he is always doing what he feels like doing, and taking things as they get to him rather than stressing about them before he needs to. If that were me I would never be successful, but it definitely works for him! I am the exact opposite. I am the classic “Type A” personality – always worried about 3 days into the future and trying to figure out how everything will get done. I plan, plan, plan.
And I LOVE it!
Thinking through these past few successful training weeks, I’ve come up with the number one way I’ve been making fitness easier for myself: planning ahead.
Planning ahead and thinking through the next day, the upcoming week, or my long runs throughout the month has really helped me succeed with this training plan. I thought I would share some things that have worked for me to really alleviate the burden and stress that trying to fit a workout into our day can cause.
- Consistency. Find a time to workout during the day and stick with it. I’ve found that it’s so much easier to workout at the same time each day because eventually you create a routine and know what to expect! It seems for me that whenever I workout at abnormal times it takes so much more motivation for me to get going.
- Lay your clothes out the night before (even if you don’t workout until you get home from work in the evening). I always get my workout clothes out and ready to go the day before – even when I don’t run until 5pm after work. This helps me come home after work and immediately put them on and get going, so I have no excuse to procrastinate.
- Make your breakfast or snacks the night before, or get them ready at the beginning of the week for each day. I’ve gotten into a routine where I eat the same snack after each run. In the beginning of the week I get everything ready and made so that I can just grab it out of the fridge when I’m done running. It gives me something to look forward to and helps me stay motivated to refuel.
- Find strength moves or stretches to do after your workout and stick with them – do them every. single. time. This has helped me a lot not only to get in a routine, but to know exactly how much time I need to allow for my cool down after a workout. This way I can plan for that extra time and make sure that this doesn’t get cut out.
- Leave your shoes, running belt, headphones, etc. all in the same place. This increases our efficiency and helps us waste less time getting ready.
- Focus on your workout and stay in the moment while you complete it. Don’t just run through the motions while thinking about your to do list – you’ll get less out of the workout AND stress yourself out for the rest of the day.
- Ladies – invest in a shower cap and dry shampoo. I’ve just recently discovered the joys of not having to wash my hair every day and it is a major time saver! Evidently it’s actually healthier for your hair to not wash it every single day. I know everyone is different, but if you think it will work for your I would definitely give it a try! It has been helping me a bunch.
- Look through your workouts on Sunday or the beginning of the week and plan them out for every day. Planning just one day ahead is great, but then I often find that I’ve left a longer workout for a day with less free time, or I have three hard workouts in a row. Looking through the week before it starts really helps me plan time for the workouts, and figure out which ones I’ll do on each day.
That’s all I can think of now, but I know there are so many more ways to make that workout easier! I love routines and am just so much more motivated to get my workouts done, and less likely to skip them, when I have everything ready to go. If I do end up skipping one, then I feel really guilty when I have to put everything away, which motivates me to not want to do it again 😉
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Friday! We are getting some cooler weather in Michigan today and it is making me excited for the season change that will soon be here. Enjoy those endorphins today!