Plan Some Redundancy Into Your Workouts
Let’s say you usually do cardio on Mondays and Wednesdays and strength training on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Now it just so happens that you can’t make Tuesday’s scheduled strength training. (groan) Another long meeting!
Can you do some cardio instead and shift it to another day? Maybe at home and like, on a Friday?
Sounds obvious right?
Well, I’ve seen many people abandon their workouts that day and wait for next week. What if something else comes along next week? If the same thing happens again, then they’ve skipped two workout sessions.
Instead, treat your workouts like appointments. Give it serious though when scheduling… give it some priority (compared to things like grocery shopping, watching TV, etc.)
Have Some Guaranteed Time
For example, I try to put in at least one strength training session during weekends plus one cardio.
Unless something really urgent comes up, I know for sure that I can be faithful to my workouts. The best part is that by doing so, I’ve already taken care of a big chunk of my workouts even before the week starts.
So now it’s less pressure mentally, plus I got more room to move my workouts on other days (as explained in (1) above).
So, ask yourself these questions: are there certain days (and times) of the week where you’re almost certain you can fit your workouts in? Is the place you train in (e.g. your health club) not crowded at those times?
The Mini-workout Alternative
So your workout’s been delayed today… but you’ve still got 30 minutes remaining (instead of that 1 hour you initially planned for).
Could you do a quick workout instead of just passing it off?
Let’s say you were planning two sets of exercises for your shoulders, two for your arms and some abs workouts. Don’t simply abandon your whole workout because you can’t do the full set.
Why not do one set for your shoulders, one for your arms and one for your abs.
These cut-down versions of your exercise routine will still benefit you. Those 30 minutes are definitely better than none. Don’t let it go.
Just avoid getting into the same kind of situation every other day (save this for those rare unavoidable circumstances).
After removing those excess pounds, you have to have a routine for maintenance. To establish a routine, you have to make it a habit to always perform your workouts on time.
Once the habit grows, then it really becomes a part of your life.