Are You Spending Too Much Time Getting Ready to Work Out?

You know the importance of exercise, but are you wasting too much valuable time getting ready to work out? Some people won’t exercise unless they have on exactly the right clothes, workout shoes, and every hair is in place – before making their fateful trek to the gym. For these people, getting ready to exercise turns into an elaborate ritual that eats up precious time that could be spent burning calories and building beautiful muscles.

There’s another downside. People who spend too much time getting ready to exercise are more likely to quit working out before they see results. If it takes thirty minutes to get ready, how long can you stay motivated to work out? The simpler it is to get started, the more likely exercise will become a life long habit – rather than something that’s done only when you have time.

The solution? Spend less time getting ready to work out and use that extra half hour to exercise. One way to avoid this problem is to work out at home and skip the gym entirely. When you work out at home, there’s no need to put on expensive Nike workout attire. You can wear anything you like – or even nothing (there’s a certain freedom to working out in the nude). Chances are you’ll work harder when you do it behind closed doors – since you won’t be embarrassed to work up a drenching sweat.

The best time to work out at home is immediately after you wake up in the morning. This beats waiting until later in the day when you have less time – and more reasons not to do it. To spend less time getting ready to work out, lay a pair of socks, exercise shoes, shorts, and a top by the bed and put it on as soon as you get up. Then, do your workout before anything else. It’ll help wake you up – and you’ll burn more fat exercising on an empty stomach – but be sure to eat a good breakfast after you finish.

If you can’t work out until after work, change into exercise clothes as soon as you walk in the door. Don’t give yourself the opportunity to sit down and talk yourself out of it. No matter how tired you are, you’ll feel better after a good workout.

Nike had it right when they coined the slogan “just do it”. Stop wasting time getting ready to work out and jump right into it. Focus on how good you’ll feel when you finally reach the finish line.