Happy Tuesday. Today, my post is inspired by my Monday morning…my drag myself out of bed thoughts.
This is how it went down: Drew and I were in bed by 8:50pm on Sunday night. We were watching the AMA’s (country lovin’ girl right here) and went to bed early. On Monday morning, we both planned to workout. Our routine is: Drew wakes up and goes to the gym, then I wake up and go after him. This way someone is always home with sleeping Maxwell 😉 We’ve found it to be the BEST way to both get to the gym. And as a side note: this routine started working once Max was sleeping through the night. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to get up this early because I would prioritize sleep and workout later in the day.
This means we both have to be accountable to ourselves and each other. Drew is a rockstar at it. He usually pops out of bed, so that I can keep sleeping.
My alarm went off yesterday at 5:45 and I was thinking, “I really don’t want to get out of bed. Honestly, I can just workout during Maxwell’s first nap. Yep, that’s what I’ll do. It’s fine.” I hit the snooze button. When my alarm went off the second time, I thought, “Amy. You got enough sleep last night. You know you really enjoy getting to the gym and you said you were going. You’ll be happy that it is done.” Thank goodness that side won out.
But, it inspired this post. Because I have to think, if I struggle that much to get out of bed and head to the gym…it sure must be hard for someone that a) really doesn’t like working out, or b) is just starting a new routine.
So I decided to do a post on ways to keep yourself accountable!
- Have someone that helps keep you accountable. I’m SO SO SO lucky to have a husband that believes in working out too. Him getting out of bed and getting to the gym is inspiring for me. Plus, if I tell him that I’m going to workout I want to stay true to my word because he plans his workout time around my workout time (has to be home at 6:15 for me to be able to go and get home before Max wakes up). Being accountable to Drew has really helped me get my booty out of bed.
- Sign up for a class. I would LOVE if there were classes closer to where we live. So this doesn’t exactly work for ME, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t work for YOU. If you are new to working out or need a boost of accountability, get involved at a studio! I love love Orange Theory, and a lot of my friends go there. The way the packages are set up (unless you buy individual class passes) keeps you accountable to getting there EVERY WEEK or you pay the price (literally waste money). This could be an incredible option for you!
- Make friends/ingrain yourself in the community at your workout spot. I’ve met a really close friend just by going to the same yoga class time and time again. We eventually started talking and we’re still super close to this day! As Britt shared, she goes to Barre and has really become ingrained into their community. This sure as heck helps her get her booty to class. She has made BEST FRIENDS at her workout studio, how awesome is that?!
- Meet a workout buddy. I love running with a pal. If you make a workout date, you are way less likely to cancel. So if Carrie and I decide we’re running on Friday at 3pm, that is where I’m going to be. It is fun because you look forward to it and you can spend your catch up time moving! Also works for classes! Hikes. Walks. Etc. Etc.
- Have a plan. I’m currently doing a workout guide that my sister and I developed! We’re going to share them with the world at a later time, but we want to test each workout out. Anyways, I’m SO excited to try the workouts and it keeps me accountable to getting to the gym so I don’t fall behind the guide. There is something about having a PLAN and being EXCITED about it.
- Get a little stern with yourself. Honestly, you have to have a few pep talks ready to go…because unless you’re perfect…you’re going to need them. I shared one of the ones I use in the morning above.
- Give yourself a time limit. When I worked nightshift and would workout in the afternoon, it was REALLY hard to get to the gym. One of the best strategies I used at that point was giving myself a time limit. I would say, “Amy, you have to go to the gym BY 4pm.” I typically gave myself about 45 minutes to do whatever, but then MADE myself leave at the time I had told myself. This might work for you!
- Social media pressure. I reached out to my friend Britt for ideas because she has been SO darn great at getting her workouts in and she shared this point with me: “Social Media has been KEY for our barre community to keep us accountable. I cannot tell you how many times I have received (or sent) a snap to one of my BarreBesties 2 hours before class to see if they are attending a class and if they will save me “my” spot. Just like when we were in 1st grade, we look to have that consistent routine (even when it comes to our same spots in studio) to push us to go to class. Plus getting a reply back from even 1 person with a funny filter that says “I’ll be there, so you better be” lightens up the mood and makes you want to go, if not for the workout, to see your friend!”
Do you use any of these tips or do you think any of them will work for you?
I sure hope so!