“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
Being prepared is one of those fundamental skills in life that puts you in a position to seize opportunities. It also puts you in a position to eliminate excuses when it comes time to do things that we should be prioritizing, but aren’t 100 percent necessary. Of course I’m talking about working out, and yes I’m going to give you tips on how to avoid the mental obstacle course that ends with you going home instead of to your group fitness class.
1. Meal Prep
This is something that you’ll hear over and over again, but you absolutely have to prep your meals ahead of time for three reasons:
- Smaller good habits have a tendency to translate on a larger scale.
- Eating well throughout the day leaves you with energy at the end of the most grueling days.
- Good nutrition is the biggest catalyst (besides you) to the realization of your fitness goals.
2. S on Your Chest
Either pack workout clothes to-go the night before, or wear athletic underwear, tights, or a sports bra under your outfits. Even the fastest (debatably) superhero in the world kept his costume on under his work clothes, TO SAVE TIME! I’m sure you’re a great person, but if Superman had to do it, I have a feeling that the rules may apply to you as well. All of my undergarments are either by Adidas or Under Armour. Knowing that I’m 55 percent dressed for the gym at all times gives me a little boost towards workout time.
One of the most anticipatory moments in the early Fast and The Furious movies was when the drivers would flick the little plastic cap off of the red button. We knew then the cars were about to get a serious boost, and the race intensity would skyrocket. We also need that little red button from time to time.
There are several options to give your body a jolt. For the healthiest, quickest option, I would go with a banana or two. If you’re not on a strict nutrition plan, donuts are a lifters’ choice for a quick spike in sugar levels for easily accessible energy. A strong cup of black coffee might do the trick (caffeinated) if you haven’t overdosed on it throughout the day. Brands like Powerbar, Gatorade and GU make small energy packets for a quick boost if you’re out for a run and need energy. Last but not least, pre-workout supplements are the definition of a small red button, hence the name.
Since our 20something minds are already heavily occupied with the next great tech idea, or how to best put our degrees to use, it’s a good idea to take thinking too hard out of the equation when it comes to our fitness goals.
How do you plan ahead to always make it to your workouts? Comment below!