Repeat after me…
Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Now say it 5 times. As fast as you can. Well that bit wasn’t entirely necessary. However, do let those words sink in.
Preparation really is the key to success. Being organised on your health and fitness journey can make all the difference between succeeding and falling short of your goals. When you plan ahead it becomes very difficult to make excuses. Like the saying goes…
‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’
Below are some of the ways I plan ahead to help me stay on track with my health and fitness journey. You can eliminate all your “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have enough time” excuses with these helpful fit tips.
1. Schedule Your Workouts
Before the commencement of each new week take the time to open up your diary and plan your exercise for the seven days ahead. Don’t just think about it, but actually write in your workouts. Treat them like they are appointments. You wouldn’t cancel an important meeting with your boss, so don’t cancel on yourself either.
2. Pack Your Lunch The Night Before
Diet is an essential part of your health and fitness journey. What you put into your body makes such a massive difference to the results you achieve. Even when you are busting your butt in the gym, if you are eating poorly you aren’t going to get the results you want. You have to get strict with what you are eating. That means, less take-out, packaged snacks and pre-made lunches and more homemade meals and fruit or nuts as snacks.
Rather than reaching for the convenient (and usually unhealthy) options when you are on-the-go or rushed for time on your lunch breaks, prepare your meals the night before. Sometimes I like to make a double serving of dinner at night so that I can pack it for my lunch the next day. Not only do I not have to worry about wasting time in the kitchen before work in the morning, but I save money by not buying my lunch too. Of course the biggest bonus is knowing exactly what ingredients are going into my body.
3. Lay Out Your Gym Clothes At Night
Being super dedicated and committing to the morning workout? Good on you! Tempted to press snooze when your alarm goes off at 5am? Yep, me too. Sometimes even the mere thought of getting out of bed, deciding what leggings to wear and then actually wiggling my way into them can be enough to make me want to roll over and fall back into dreamland (especially when it is still dark outside).
It’s never easy waking up early to exercise, and if simply knowing how absolutely amazing you will feel with your post workout endorphin boost isn’t enough to get you bouncing out of bed, this little tip might help. Pack your gym bag and prepare your clothes the night before. Seeing your clothes laid out on the floor when you open your dreary eyes in the morning is a reminder to get up and get moving. It’ll save you time from rummaging through your drawers looking for your gear, gives your sleepy brain a rest for a while and is instant motivation.
4. Take Your Gym Clothes To Work
What about those of you who exercise after work? Well, there is a solution for you too. Don’t go home in between work and working out. Take your gym clothes with you in the morning, change into them after your shift and head straight to the gym from there.
What I do every day is pack my gym bag and put it in my car before I head off to work. Even though my car stays at home while I catch the bus to work, rather than going inside to change clothes, I just jump straight in the car, go to the gym and get changed there. This way I avoid the temptation of ditching the gym for my bed or the couch waiting for me inside.
5. Plan Your Meals and Write Shopping Lists
Another great idea to save time, money and reduce the likelihood of you grabbing unhealthy food on-the-go, is to write out a meal plan at the beginning of the week. Think about what groceries you need and write a shopping list before hitting the supermarket so you buy only the items you need. God knows how tempting that damn confectionary aisle can be, but if its not on the list don’t put it in the trolley!
6. Pre-prepare and Freeze Your Smoothie Ingredients
Don’t you hate it when you open a big bag of spinach and then within days its gone slimy. Or when bananas end up bruised and squishy so quickly? Well this preparation tip will not only save you time, but also avoid food waste. Pre-preparing smoothie combinations in zip lock bags is one of my favourite ideas and has saved me from going without breakfast hundreds of times over.
I like to do one big prep sesh of cutting up fruit, putting them in separately portioned bags with some leafy greens and freezing them. As soon as any fruit starts to go bad I do the same. When it comes to making my smoothies in the morning I save myself about 10-15 minutes of cutting and cleaning by having my smoothie portions already bagged up and ready in the freezer. All I have to do is chuck the contents in the blender with some water and BOOM! Breakfast smoothie done! And only the blender left to rinse out afterwards.
A little bit of preparation really can go a long way. From food prepping and meal planning to keeping a diary and getting organized with your schedule, preparation is key. Try out some of these tips for yourself and see if they help you stay on track.
Eliminate those excuses. Plan ahead. Be prepared and smash those goals!
Love Elo xx