This silly game with myself went on for nearly 5 weeks before my feet hit the floor, I successfully managed to locate (and put on, mind you) workout clothes and make it out the door of my bedroom. A few of those days I even managed to get up and change clothes before the magnetic pull of the bed drew me back in.
I was trying to find a workout routine that would work with my life and not inconvenience me too much and so far, my only option was pre-dawn. Blech. I liked exercising after work. Well, like might be a strong word at that point, but it was at least more enjoyable to run in daylight. However, it wasn’t working. I couldn’t fit it in with my evening activities and found myself making excuses not to get out to door at all.
“I’ve got 20 group at St. Gertrude’s tonight. I can’t go sweaty.”
“I’ve got to stop at the grocery after work and then I need to make dinner or I’ll have nothing for lunch this week.”
“I’ve got a meeting at 7pm, so I’ll just stay at work until then. It’s too long of a drive home and then to my meeting.”
Not fooling anyone – least of all myself – I knew I needed something different where I could no longer make excuses. So morning workouts it was.
So what’s my point? Starting a new routine can be hard, but persistence will win in the end! I felt defeated those few weeks I would ignore my alarm. I felt a fool the days I got all the way to tying my shoes on before returning to bed for a few more minutes. But eventually something stuck. I managed to reset my internal clock after a few months of waking up early and now I relish beginning my day with a workout and feeling like I’ve accomplished something before I even glance at the number of emails sitting in my inbox at work (and before a lot of people even hear the alarm!).
As the New Year rolls around you might be thinking of adding a new routine, changing a habit or two, and figuring out how to make this workout thing stick. Try different times of day, different days of the week, a different workout altogether. You might be surprised when you shake things up and see what sticks.
What habit or routine do you hope to start in the New Year?