Setting yourself up for success helps when you’re trying to establish that routine. Often, the most effective way to do so is by removing any obstacles that you might use as an excuse. For example, when it’s freezing outside I have to wear gloves and something to cover my ears, otherwise – no matter how hard I’m training – I don’t warm up. By keeping options in my cupboard, I’m making sure that I can’t use the ‘I’m too cold’ excuse. I’ve got the gloves, the beanie, the long-sleeve top – so there’s no reason not to get out there.
If you know you’re not a morning person, planning for success might mean looking for a gym that’s close to your work, or running or walking home instead of driving or catching public transport. That way, you can pack your gear into your backpack and get active as soon as you’ve finished work, instead of heading home at the end of the day. I always find that if I make it to the couch, there’s a 99 per cent chance I won’t be getting up to get changed for the gym. That’s totally okay, too. You just need to recognise that pattern and plan accordingly.
If you’re planning on training in the morning, lay all your exercise gear out the night before. This will help remove a psychological barrier that you might be tempted to use as an excuse to stay in bed.