Alright, so the New Year is officially here. We’ve all wrapped up family visits and vacations. Now that kids are back in school (mine start tomorrow) it’s time to get serious about these 2019 goals. Let’s talk about how to develop discipline within your fitness routine. Today I’m sharing 5 ways you can develop discipline and crush your goals too.
Getting started is no doubt the toughest part of any fitness journey. Creating a routine built off discipline will push you forward when your motivation lacks. We chatted a little bit about that the other day. You can read that post here. Checkout my 5 best tips for creating discipline and keeping your fitness goals a top priority in your life.
1 – Plan your workouts and your meals
There are situations in life that you can “wing it”, “fake it til you make it” or “finesse” until you’re successful in your efforts to achieve your goals. Getting in shape is not one of them, unfortunately. To get in shape you actually need a plan. You must have a roadmap that aligns with your goals.
Try setting aside time one day out of the week (I do Sundays) to plan your meals and your workouts. Take a peek at your gym’s class schedule and plug your favorite classes into your schedule. If you have a personal trainer, plan your day so that you are on time for those workouts. If you’re like me, and having a PT isn’t something in your budget right now head to Pinterest because it is full of all types of workouts.
Print out workouts that you’d like to try and attach them to your planner for the week. When you’re ready for the gym pull out the workout and get to it.
Get into that #plannerlife, y’all. You’d be surprised at what you can do when all the things are planned.
The same goes for your meals. Select a week full of healthy meals that you’re excited to eat. Don’t forget to make enough for leftovers! (Leftovers = Lunch)
2 – Get an accountability partner or a gym buddy
Listen, teamwork makes the dream work. A good gym buddy helps make your time at the gym more enjoyable. You’ll look forward to going (and be less likely to skip your workout) when you know someone is meeting you. You’ll have someone to spot you, record you for IG (cause you know it doesn’t count if it’s not on the ‘gram) and you’ll have someone to share the highs, lows and plateaus with.
Also, who else are you going to talk to in the sauna?
3 – Get your butt in gear! Cute activewear gear, that is…
I have never met a good pair of black compression leggings that I didn’t buy. There is something about new workout clothes that makes me want to head straight to the gym. I mean, where else will my new dri-fit cut out top be appreciated for the greatness that it is? Now, I’m not saying to spend your mortgage payment on the new Kelly Rowland x Fabletics collection (I need all of it) but I am saying to treat yourself to something new.
After all, part of being disciplined is having a #noexcuses attitude. We can’t let that whole, “I don’t have anything to wear” thing keep us from seeing results. Set a monthly budget for activewear to keep your selections fresh and ready for your workouts.
4 – Pick a gym close to your HOUSE
Not your job, beloved, your house. See. The thing is when we pick a gym close to where we live we can always go. Cause it’s close to where we live. If you can get a membership that covers a location close to your house and your job, great! If not, always choose the location close to where you live. When the gym is easily accessible to our homes we are more likely to go.
5 – Feed your brain healthy and inspiring images
I don’t follow many celebs on social media but you know who I do follow? Fitness pages, fitness magazines and lots of healthy meal pages and hashtags. My brain is always being fed positive images of women seeking healthier lives or pretty bowls of healthy foods. Constantly. Social media gets a bad rep but in this case it helps so much.
When I see these images I am reminded about my own goals. I am inspired to try some of the workouts or meals I see. I’ve gotten some of my favorite moves from videos I’ve seen on Instagram. While I may not be very consistent about posting on IG myself (I plan to get better about this btw) I am always using it as a source of fitspiration.
I also subscribe to magazines that feature healthy meals and workouts. I’ll share my favorites at another time. Try filling your mailbox, inbox and TLs with content that will propel you to the next level. Your subconscious mind will have you seeing results in no time!
Have any tips for developing new habits you’d like to share with me? Leave them in the comments below. I’m always looking for new ways to hold myself accountable.