Excuses, excuses: Defeat procrastination and get fit
If you’re committed to getting fit, feel you have the motivation yet always find something else to do before you work out, it sounds like you’re dealing with procrastination. We all do it, maybe we have to have a snack before going on a run or simply must sort something out before heading to the gym. These are diversion tactics and they need to be avoided.
Beat procrastination with these quick tips:
1. Easy does it
Do something, anything! Starting with something you find easy may push you onto challenge yourself. Visiting the gym might be something you’re working up to so consider a brisk walk to visit it and see what it’s like. Check out timetables but ensure you keep a steady pace on your walk so it still keeps your heart rate up.
Psychological studies have shown if you start something that task will be stuck in your mind until you finish it. Get started with your exercise plan and you’ll be compelled to keep going and working towards your goals.
2. Start Anywhere
The option to start with something easy is that it can be quite hard to know exactly what to do first. We’ve given one example above but if this isn’t for you then maybe it’s time to stop thinking so much. Planning is great but over planning means you never get anything done. Stop planning and start moving, it doesn’t matter if it’s slow or not exactly what you’d hope – it is the beginning!
3. Be Accountable
Sign up for classes, agree to meet friends or find a running partner. Making yourself accountable to someone else makes failing to turn up a much bigger deal. You can’t procrastinate and sit around not sticking to your plans if you’re keeping someone waiting – our social brains simply won’t allow it.
You can sit around all day thinking about when you’ll join the gym or you can just do it – we think you know which the best choice is.
I'm here, reading this, probably not a good sign if I'm supposed to be avoiding procrastination! I'll keep the tips in mind for tomorrow!
The Polar bear sums up how I often feel before a trip to the gym!
I'm not usually one to agree with the majority, but I'm with everyone on here who is saying "just do it." It really isn't any more complicated than that.
Less thought, more action. That's the philosophy that's kept me going through over 20 sports challenges over the past 8 years....
'procrastination is the thief of time' - as are many other long words. We need (if you'll excuse the phrase) to Just Do It.
Stop planning is a good one. I find myself reading fitness magazines, scouring the internet for challenges and so on, and yet resisting going to the gym. My trick is to stop thinking about it. Just go. Really, Just go. Finito.
I have roped in the staff at my gym to be on my case if I miss a session - it rarely happens but I definitely feel bad if I don't turn up when I say I will. It's a bit like scheduling a meeting and it is that important so I try and always ensure I've set aside time, even when I really do just want to lounge around the house.
It's easy to get into a strict pattern of only working out on certain days, and having to do it in a specific way - if only we just got out and did something, anything, at any time then we'd be so much fitter!
I've found a new form of procrastination: Reading articles on fitness websites about getting yourself motivated...
Love the picture! I agree that once the apparently impossible is started, we all feel much better. Perhaps it is a case of eating the elephant (or is it the polar bear?) one step at a time?