Organization Tip of the Week: Pre-pack Your Gym Bag!
If there's one thing I excel at, it's making excuses not to go to the gym.
Seriously. I can talk my way out of a workout session when I'm 5 minutes away with nothing to do. Laziness will just creep RIGHT in.
On the other hand, I LOVE going to the gym. You'd think I wouldn't make excuses, since I enjoy it as much as I do... but I think that may just be the human condition. We make excuses to avoid the things we like (because Netflix?).
So of course the trick is, finding a way to remove the possibility for excuses: If you can't talk yourself out of it, you'll go, plain and simple.
I do this in three distinct ways:
- Attend a gym in a convenient location - I literally walk past my gym on my way to work and on my way home. Right past the front door. It's hard to ignore it when it's staring you in the face
- Schedule the workout - if you treat it like a dinner date, or a doctors appointment (whatever works), you're more likely to go. If you can schedule to MEET someone there, even better!
- Prepack your gym bag.
Every minute you spend trying to organize yourself to get out the door to the gym, is another opportunity to make an excuse not to actually go.
"Oh... my sports bra is in the wash... and I wore my shoes outside the other day, gym's hate that... and I have that event tonight so I'd have to get ready at the gym... I just won't go"
Or worse, you can overcome ALL of that... get to the gym... and realize you don't have any gym socks in your bag (it is embarrassing how often I used to do this).
To avoid the possibility for excuses (or forgotten gym socks) pre-pack your gym bag, not just the night before but for the week! Add organizing your gym bag to your list of Sunday tasks that start you off right on Monday: if you can grab your bag and go at any moment, you'll be in better shape (literally and figuratively!)
Here's what my gym bag looks like on a Sunday:
- 5 pairs of gym socks
- 2 sports bras
- 2 workout tops
- 1 pair of workout pants
- 1-2 extra pairs of underwear
- 1 Empty waterbottle
- Some energy options (granola bars, Gu, single serving protein powder packs)
- my lock
- 1 pair of running shoes
- a small army of hair ties and clips
- face wipes & moisturizer
- travel shampoo bottle
- small hair brush
- basic makeup (cover up, mascara, blush)
Ok, I KNOW that looks like a lot of stuff, you're thinking "I don't want to carry all that around", but lets face it, you probably have about half this stuff floating around in your purse right now. Not only is it not as heavy or as bulky as it seems, but it means you can leave your bag in the car or at the front door and be ready at a moments notice to get your sweat on.
So channel your inner boy scout and BE PREPARED! No more excuses!
How do you prepare for your workouts? Are you guilty of making excuses? Let me know in the comments below!