Overcoming Obstacles to Success – Part 2

Victoria Davis

Hopefully, you’ve had some time to test out the first 3 tips to overcome obstacles. Here are 3 more to keep you going! 

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Plan your workouts (especially the difficult ones) for days and times that you are typically most motivated or have the most energy.

Love kicking the workday off by getting your endorphins going in the morning? Or do you love the idea of getting movement in after sitting for most of the day before dinner time? Perhaps you prefer to work out on days that you have off, so you aren’t rushed and can really take your time. Whatever the case is, pay attention to the days of the week and times of the day that you are more high energy, alert, and motivated. If possible, try using those times to your advantage and workout to channel that energy positively!

Personally, I love to get a 45 to 60 minute workout in every morning after coffee and quiet time because that’s when I’m most awake and energized! I also love planning my endurance workouts (like a run) on Friday’s or the weekend when I have more free time and a lighter workload. I also like to have one active recovery day mid-week and another on the weekend to break up my routine. 

Avoid obstacles like scheduling conflicts. Plan your workouts in advance with reminders. 

Write them out, put them on your calendar or fridge, use in-app reminders; just make sure you write them out in a place that you will check. The less you have to remember, the better. It’s much easier to remember something if it’s in a place you actually look each day! 

I plan out my workouts Sunday night or Monday morning for the week. That way, I’m not waking up uncertain of what my workout will be for the day, which helps me combat the feelings that I “should” be going to the gym, if it’s actually supposed to be a rest day.

Use accountability wisely.

You may be more motivated when you work out with other people, but sometimes, people aren’t as far along as you (or the other way around). Sometimes, in an effort to coordinate workouts, it can lead to skipping them all-together! If you’re struggling with this, here are a few ideas you could try to overcome these obstacles: 

Do a Sworkit workout together (virtually or in person). This way, you can follow along and go at your own pace, each of you resting when needed.

Complete your workouts on your own, but set up a time to check in with each other, keeping each other accountable to the goals you’ve committed to each week.  

At Sworkit, we do Friday morning workouts for fun, but throughout the week, my accountability is keeping consistent with the plan I’ve mapped out. Even though I’m in fitness with a background in personal training and health coaching, I’ve found that staying accountable to a health coach or trainer myself keeps me on track more than I do  when just working by myself!

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