Practical advice to avoid distraction and prioritize your daily workout.
We all have the best intentions when it comes to working out, but many of us find it hard to stay motivated and be active, life sometimes gets in the way.
These time-creating life hacks will support you in making physical activity a daily priority.
Do you have the best intentions to work out, but time just runs out?
Change into active wear in the morning, so you are ready to work out. Doing this removes the barrier of needing to ‘get ready’ before starting your exercise.
Being in your workout clothes will prepare you psychologically to burn calories and make you more likely to prioritize your exercise earlier in the day.
A reaction in response to even a moment without stimulus in our digital world is to grab your phone and scroll through numerous social media feeds, trying to find brief entertainment.
Whether you scroll through Instagram over breakfast, post on Facebook, read your Twitter feed, or get watching another Tik Tok reel, the level of entertainment is rarely remarkable and always fleeting.
Social media can be a fantastic way to stay connected with family and friends, but it is often overused. Data shows we spend over two hours per day on various platforms. Imagine the productivity of your workouts if you redirected that time.
Did you know smartphones can track the time you spend on social media? They also allow you to set a daily limit on specific apps, so you can choose when enough is enough.
In your phone, for example, just click on Settings > Screen Time > App Limits then choose how long is reasonable for you each day.
Author of Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport suggests using a phone instrumentally as a tool for problem-solving, not a constant companion.
Basically using our new-fangled technology as only a telephone.
Here’s three real-life tips to help you improve the relationship you have with your phone.
Phone addicts, take a deep breath now.
Say goodbye to social media apps and any apps with advertisement. Huge step!
Doing this allows selected incoming calls, from family, for example, while removing unwanted interruptions and enabling you to choose when you interact with your phone.
In your phone click on Settings > Do Not Disturb then your schedule and select which people can disturb you and when.
Top Tip: Limit the people on your list to only those absolutely necessary.
The old ‘out of sight, out of mind method’.
Yep, remember when house phones were a thing? They had wires, and you couldn’t wander very far with them. Well, this method attaches those invisible wires to help to try and ensure your phone is a used a little more like a phone and not a 24-hour entertainment/ distraction centre!
No, you don’t need to throw away your WiFi router altogether, but if you want to go a step further to avoid distractions, there are ways to limit WiFi access across your devices.
Apps such as WiFi Blocker allow you to block all or specific devices in your home, giving you some dedicated time offline and more time to get a sweat on.
Use an app like Google Tasks or notebook and pen. Spend a few minutes over breakfast, writing down five things that you would like to achieve before bedtime.
Is exercise on your list?
If it isn’t, you’re unlikely to prioritize it during the day. To help ensure exercise doesn’t get forgotten, place it on your list consistently and get into the habit of making it part of your daily five.
If you want to be more adventurous, you can set yourself goals for exercise in terms of minutes, repetition or even calories burned (a smartwatch can track this for you). Goal Setting can help spur you on and make your sessions more focused.
Don’t think you can squeeze in time for exercise? Get it done early before the day starts and the emails begin rolling in. Try a 5:30-6am workout at NRG or try our 6-7am Bootcamp? Contact us for a free trial today!
Seeing improvements is incredibly rewarding, it can help you focus, and it also boosts motivation levels, even on those not-so-good days.
Whether making weekly or monthly goals, pinning up a wall chart creates a fantastic visual support and can allow a little variety and flexibility from one day to the next.
Putting your chart or a reminder in a prominent place such as on the fridge or the door will help to prompt you to get moving!
Sites such as darebee.com has some easy to follow wall charts covering all sorts of physical activity and nutrition challenges. All are super sharp, slick designs that will have you looking forward to ticking off the days as you go.
Simple but effective.
If you sit down to work, set the alarm to remind you when your time is up, and it is time to exercise.
Repeat to prevent binge-watching a Netflix series, playing for hours on computer games or lounging around all day reading your book.
Aim to be more active by walking around for 10 minutes of each hour you are sat down, and this will help clear your head and keep you feeling fresh.
Most of us are missing the social side of exercise — NRG classes or training at your local sports club with teammates. Small Group Training (1 on 1 training with a Personal Trainer) is fun and goal-focused. Set up a time for a complimentary consult to learn how this very affordable personal training option can work for you. It’s very motivating and will keep you accountable.
Supporting each other will create a much-needed social connection and also open up possibilities such as creating weekly competitions against each other or collaborative challenges to work together on. Even just doing workouts at the same time in real-life or via video call can boost motivation and make it all much more fun! Hey NRG members! Why not log into our video library and coordinate participating by themselves or with friends).
See if one of the eight methods works for you. Whichever way you choose, you will create more time for what matters to you!