We’ve all been there. The excuses, the reasoning, and ultimately the failure in achieving the goals we’ve set out to accomplish for ourselves. The most common…I don’t have time to workout. Ok, great attitude friend. But we can’t judge because we too have said that to ourselves. That is until we took control of our lives and our time.
For years we had gym memberships and always found the drive time an excuse as to why we didn’t have time to go. When we decided to take fitness and training seriously, we converted the Playroom to our Home Gym. We invested in a Peloton bike, a good variation of dumbells, kettlebells, medicine balls and a bench. This investment served as our holiday gift to each other and pays off every single day. And we promise, we will do a reveal post soon…we still have some work to do in that space.
Over the past 2 months we have been doing 2 a day workouts (one of them outdoors, even on the coldest of days) on top of all the things that come with being parents, running our business, managing a team, remodeling our home, and taking time to meditate, read and sleep. It is a lot but we have not missed a single workout. And it is because we made the time to do it.
So make a promise to yourself right now. Promise to move your body for at least 30 minutes a day. Say it out loud – “I promise I will move my body for 30 minutes a day.” Perfect, commitment made. Now it’s time to figure out how and when you are going to do it.
Your time is your most precious asset. Whether you work for yourself or someone else, your time is inevitably being demanded and allocated throughout the workday. That is fine because that is part of the game. But what about the hours before and after work? We’ve found that blocking 45 minutes in the mornings and 45 in the evenings works best to accommodate our workouts. Adding the additional 15 minutes gives you time to setup, plug in, stretch and get after it.
You can’t do the same workouts every single day. Well, we suppose you could but that isn’t very inspiring. We’ve found that a variation of strength training, core and cardio works wonders for the soul, and the body. Here’s what our typical training week looks like:
Monday: Abs and strength training (AM), Outdoor walk
Tuesday: Abs and strength training (AM), Outdoor walk
Wednesday: Outdoor run (AM), Yoga (PM)
Thursday: Indoor cycling (AM), Yoga (PM)
Friday: Abs and strength training (AM), Outdoor walk
Saturday: Outdoor run (AM), Yoga (PM)
Sunday: Outdoor run (AM), Yoga (PM)
On the weekends we pretty much live in our training clothes. Monday through Friday is a bit different! We find that setting out our training clothes before we go to bed sets us up for success the following morning. We get up, slam some water, brush our teeth, get into our training clothes, make coffee, log an hour of work and then hit the home gym. By the time the alarm sounds to workout we’re already in the right mindset and ready to conquer the training session.
For us, working out together is routine. We are live-in accountability partners. Not everyone has that. And not everyone has a home gym (albeit ours is small and nimble, but it’s perfect for us). Find a friend or a familiar face at your local gym who you frequently see and ask if they’d like to train together. Discuss the best times to workout everyday and make a schedule. Unless one of you is severely sick or caught up in an emergency you will be expected to show up and put in the work. Hold each other accountable, push each other and celebrate your successes along the way.
What’s the point of doing all of this without goals? Here are some examples of goals to set for yourself, and how to address them when you go all in:
You’ll notice each goal starts with “I will”. You could replace that with “I can” or some variation of accomplishment like “I did”. It all goes back to the mentality of going all in on you and your well being. This is what self investment is all about.
We know everyone’s circumstances look different, but we promise you do have the time to move your body every day. We hope that showing how we do it and offering tips on how to accomplish it in your life is beneficial to you in your fitness journey.
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