Planning helps me overcome obstacles

In my regular life, I hate raised voices and avoid conflict. In workouts, I push myself so much harder when someone else is telling me what to do, although I’d still prefer if they aren’t yelling. If I go to the gym without a plan, I’m much more likely to call it a day as soon as I feel tired when I could get more benefits from pushing through it and finishing the workout.

 

For me, this means a few things:
 

  • The right group class can be amazing. Whether it’s yoga or strength training, having someone else plan the workout can be a good push in the right direction.
  • I have to plan my workouts before I go to the gym, down to the small details. If I’ve committed to a specific plan, even just to myself, I’m much more likely to get in a good workout and leave feeling accomplished instead of grumpy.
  • At home, I use YouTube for terrible ab workouts that I hate (see my last post). Despite sometimes making me swear at my phone, they make me do moves that challenge me and get me out of my comfort zone. (If you’re interested, I usually like FitSugar—they have 5 minutes to 45 minutes and are good about offering modifications.)

Noticing my tendency to cut workouts short on my own made me better about having a solid plan in place before I go to the gym. I’m trying to put together a weekly workout plan when I meal plan for the week, and I think it’s helping!