I often find myself skipping workouts during the summer months. Sometimes I feel it’s too hot to contemplate working up a sweat on purpose. Sometimes I feel that I should be out enjoying the sunshine during our limited patio season. Other times, I simply just don’t want to do it! Can you suggest a few inspiring ideas that will help get me to the gym?
The Expert’s Answer
You may never really feel like working out (especially in the heat), but if we all waited until we really felt like working out we would likely never make it to the gym.
Here are my top five tips for getting thee to the gym in the summer.
1. Clear your schedule: The ‘I will go later’ method doesn’t work. Your day gets busier and you become more tired. Usually, ‘I will go later’ turns into ‘I will go tomorrow,’ So take the opposite approach: Early morning is the best time to work out, particularly if you are prone to playing hooky. And during the summer months, this is the coolest time of day. Set your alarm a bit earlier, beat the heat, get your workout in, and you can still enjoy your evening on the patio.
2. Be prepared: Always have your gym bag packed and ready to go. Keep it stocked with your favorite outfit, reserved especially for the gym. Never put your sneakers and or gym bag away; make sure it is in sight as a reminder.
3. Make a new playlist: Your new iPod playlist is reserved only for the gym. If you are tired of your tunes, ask a friend to make you a mix. Be sure to use up-tempo songs to keep you pumping. You will look forward to getting your workout on to some favorite songs.
4. Take a class: Most gyms have a variety of classes to choose from, and class times force you to be present and to keep your workout going for about an hour.
5. Make it a date you simply have to keep: Consider your workout a date you would never, ever break, say, with a guy you’ve had your eye on for ages, or a high-ranking official. And then set some rules, i.e. ‘I am not allowed to go out tonight unless I workout’. Tough love.
About the health expert: Sarah Brown is a very healthy woman. She is not only a fitness instructor at Goodlife where she teaches Body Pump, Body Flow, boot camp and yoga but she is also a registered holistic nutritionist.