Despite being an organised person, the one thing I always find myself making excuses for is doing exercise. I do love exercise once I'm actually doing it, it's just the 'getting started' part I'm not the best at. Hands up if you're with me? I've used the kids as my main excuse, but also being too tired, not enough time, too much work, the weather is too hot/cold, too expensive to join the gym... It's a never-ending cycle of excuses! Here's how I changed my attitude and got more organised and prepared for workouts.
About 8 months ago, I decided to change my attitude. I now aim go for a 40 minute power-walk 3-4 mornings a week before the kids wake up, and finally feel like it's a habit and part of my daily routine. I decided that mornings before the kids wake up would be the best time for exercise, but knew I would have to stealthily creep out the house to prevent them waking up too early (don't worry, my husband is home when I go for my walks!). This meant having all my gear ready to go so I wasn't stumbling around the bedroom looking for socks and shoes. I also find that if I'm prepared for exercise, I don't make as many excuses about actually getting it done.
Why do I keep it in the laundry cupboard as opposed to in the bedroom? A few reasons:
1. This room is further away from the kids' bedrooms, and closer to the front door, so it decreases the chances of disturbing the kids when I'm getting ready to go
2. Lack of room for this size storage box in my bedroom closet
3. Having everything in the laundry means that when I finish exercising, I can throw dirty items straight into the laundry hampers, and put the rest back in the box ready to go for next time e.g. jacket, shoes, pants.
Here's what I keep in the storage box:
It is freezing in the mornings now, so I've also just added a couple of beanies. So fashionable! The box really does fit quite a lot inside.
Plus it's easy to slide in and out of the cupboard using the handle.
What tips could you share that help make exercise (especially during Winter) a bit more bearable? How do you get organised and motivated to stay fit?
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