Working out has always been a struggle for me.
A big part of my business is my speaking career and I’m constantly flying all over the place and often taking red eye flights. I also get bored really easily with the same workout routine or class day after day. And I’m not a huge fan of the “trendy” workouts all over Los Angeles. That being said, I know working out is beneficial for entrepreneurs – it helps release tension, stress, and helps me feel like I’ve “come back” from being rejected or let down during the work day. Here is my latest strategy on how to get the workouts in:
- Put it in your calendar. Just this year, I started putting workouts in my outlook calendar. My entire team is shared on it. And you know what? I don’t care. One of my team members asked me why my workout was in my calendar and I said, “If I don’t make it a priority. Who will?” By making my workout look as important as a conference call or meeting – I’ve been able to schedule around it and make it a priority.
- Power Through the Week. I’ve told myself that I’m going to workout for 30-60 minutes per day each day during the week and then I give myself the weekends off. We all risk going into burnout mode so I figure if I can get in …….
- Switch It Up. If I do the same workout constantly, there is no way it’s sustainable for more then a few weeks. I try to switch it up as frequently as possible – weight training, spin class, Pilates, etc.
- Reward Yourself With Training Not the Other Way Around. I’ll let myself pay to workout with a personal trainer IF I’m already going to the gym and sticking to my routine. Most people work out with a trainer when they are being lazy. I’ve noticed that if I work out with a trainer and that’s all that I do – I only go to the gym to see the trainer – I don’t go for anything else. It’s actually a disservice for me to workout with the trainer if I’m not going to incorporate it into my workout routine. There is no way I’m going to see results by meeting someone at the gym two days a week. If you have the luxury of being able to workout with a trainer, I suggest using it to reward yourself and not using it when you are lazy. In my experience, it doesn’t really help and just encourages you to be lazy.