There’s a saying that it takes three weeks to form a new habit. If there’s any truth to that, then consider my daily 90-minute workout habit formed!
I won’t lie: I don’t love working out. I really don’t. But it’s good for me.
And I do love the post-workout relief I feel for getting it done, and how much clearer my thoughts and ideas are.
So, for what it’s worth, here’s my workout survival guide:
- Schedule it!
- Working out needs to be part and parcel of my life, like brushing my teeth. No excuses. No questions asked. For a long time, I felt like there wasn’t enough time. I’m trying to run a business! On my own! When can I possibly workout? So I actually put it into my calendar and made it non-negotiable, just the same as work-time is. It’s become more natural now to wake up, have my cup of tea, then just head to the gym!
- Be comfortable.
- Whatever new habit you’re trying to form, being comfortable is so important. The comfort I’m speaking of isn’t the comfort of complacence, but the comfort for productivity and doing your best. If you’re not comfortable, you’ll pay more attention to that than the task at-hand. Remember: no excuses. My workout uniform is by Zella completed with my colorful Asics kicks — so perfectly comfortable and unfussy.
- Make it entertaining!
- All I can say here is thank God for my iPhone and Netflix! They’ve made working out a breeze. The time goes by fast if you’re not staring at the clock or stopwatch. I’ve watched some terrific original series because of my workouts, such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Scrotal Recall, Bloodline and Grace and Frankie. I also like to use my workout time to catch up on podcasts, like Being Boss with Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, or inspirational YouTube interviews with the likes of Bernadette Jiwa, Seth Godin and Gala Darling.
- Track your progress.
- I track my steps, workouts, nutrition and sleep every single day. This isn’t because I’m obsessive, but I like to see how I’m doing and where I can make adjustments. There’s always room for improvement! It’s sometimes hard to see the progress you’re making every day, but tracking it is one way to stay motivated. I track my activity and sleep with my Fitbit Flex, and use MyFitnessPal to monitor my nutrition.
- Don’t “try.” Don’t overthink. Just do your best.
- There are days when I achieve new personal records and others when I clearly don’t. There are times when as I’m working out, I don’t think I’ll make it to the end. But I do. All you can do is focus on the present and do the best you can. And if you know that wasn’t your best, that’s okay. Do better tomorrow. Just be proud that you got it done though. That’s the most important thing: doing the work.
This week, I’m also lovin’:
Enthusiastic conversation + regrouping for the better + an energizing letter from an inspired follower + a baguette with soft butter, honey and fresh strawberries + midnight blue + blueberry green tea + fresh-baked cookies on a warm afternoon + lemon-honey water with extra ice + fun with cacti! + drafting a must-read thriller list + Shower Thoughts by Anna Kendrick + these rules for cultivating “elegant simplicity” and these 80 mantras for “the elegant lady” + dreaming about the “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in America” + Sunday mornings with Fareed Zakaria + enacting my own real-life version of Ratatouille (one of my all-time favorite flicks!) by playing sous chef to my hubby’s master chef