3 Ways To Design Your Environment And Make Exercise Easier And Enjoyable
Developing the habit of exercising regularly can be difficult for some. For others it may be easier to start with but when they hit the plateau it gets really difficult to keep going. What’s your challenge?
There’s a thing you can do to make life easier for yourself. That’s designing your environment in the right way.
From experience I can tell you that waking up at 5 am 6 days a week to go running, followed by work (I worked in corporate banking back then) and then to courses (Masters in International Business) can sometimes be very difficult.
However not matter how difficult it gets you need to push a little bit through it otherwise you end up at the beginning and have to start all over again.
So here are 3 tips to think about when designing your environment for success.
3. Use triggers
I wrote about triggers in more detail in another blog, right here.
Triggers are habits you do automatically without thinking too much about them. Like brushing your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed. Or pushing the right pedals when you drive, you don’t think about it anymore.
Triggers can also be for example when your kids come from school or when the alarm sounds in a certain way.
Choose a special ringtone for when you have your running days, you will set your brain to activate when it hears that particular ringtone and you will jump out of bed and run out the door.
These are triggers you can use to get you up and running, literally.
2. Make a list
Depending on the type of exercise you go for you will need different kit and accessories. Make a list of what you need.
I used to have a list for Karate class, one for running in summer, another for running in winter, at night or on rainy days and others for whatever other types of activities I was doing.
I’d have the lists on post-it notes and place them somewhere where I could easily see them without actually looking for them.
Make it easy and fast to prepare your training by making permanent lists and strategically placing them where you can easily see them.
1. Don’t wait until the last moment
Waiting to put your kit in your bag 5 min before heading to your outdoors session might just put you off.
Same goes for when you go for a run after work. When you arrive home don’t change into house clothing, change into your running kit straight away. Trust me it works like a charm.
Have everything prepared and ready to go.
Now you have 3 simple steps to make your workouts easier and less of a hassle: use triggers, make lists, and get everything ready beforehand.
Want a more personalized tips on designing your environment? Then book a FREE call with me and let’s get your triggers, lists and prepare you to enjoy your exercising days.