In the last article, we explored why so many of us procrastinate and how it's so tempting...every. single. time. In this article, we're going to take a look at how to combat procrastination, specifically in relation with fitness goals.
1. Reinforce the "why" in your goals.
Because procrastination works by perceived value of a decision, one why to combat it is to reinforce the value of your fitness goal. You can do this by writing it down in a journal or on your phone so you can look at it when your resolve wavers. Remind yourself that you truly value that morning at-home work-out more than sleeping in for another 30 minutes.
2. Give yourself short term rewards.
Like we discussed in the previous article, your brain prioritizes reward that will come sooner than later. You can use this in a couple of ways. One way is to decrease the amount of time you work out but increase the intensity. It's better to have a 20 minute higher intensity workout than to end up not working out at all because the full hour seems daunting and un-enjoyable. Second, you can split up your workouts into two short sessions. Trying doing one 25 minute session, giving yourself an enjoyable break (a small enjoyable snack or protein shake) and continue for another 25 minute session. Build reward into your workout routine and you will be rewarded back!
Hope this was helpful to you! Delta Life Fitness wants to support your mental and physical wellbeing from home and we hope that our content has given your day just a little bit more joy. Stay home and stay safe!