Lots of folks talk about how important it is to be motivated and committed when you are following a fitness and healthy eating plan. But one thing that is practically a guarantee of success, that is often left out is organization. Read on to see how being organized can make all the difference to achieving your health and fitness goals.
Organize your workout bag
So, picture this, you have had a hard day at work, but it’s gym day. All you really want to do is come home and put your feet up while flopping on the sofa. Then treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee before the rest of the family get home. To make matters worse, all of your exercise kits is strewn across the house. Your sneakers are outside the back door! Your sports bra is in the ironing pile, and you are going to have to search through your washing to find the least smelly leggings. Gross! Is this an ideal and motivating way to start your workout?
Of course, it’s not. In fact, it’s a horrid and hassle-filled way to start your workout. Which if your resolve is already weakened by tiredness and stress, is going to make it much more unlikely that you will make it to the gym in the first place.
Instead of going through this rigmarole every time you want to work out you need to use your organization skills to make is a lot easier. For example, if you go to the gym three times week, then it figures that you will need three gym outfits. So then you know what you will always have something clean to wear, without having to do a mid-week wash.
That will have a knock-on effect, and allow you to always be able to pack your gym bag the night before you go, which you can place in your car. Which then means you can go straight from work to the gym, and not be exposed to the siren call of the couch.
Remember too that when you are packing your gym back, it’s a good idea to have a spare comb for dealing with your hair when it’s wet. As well as travel-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, unless your gym provides these. Don’t forget your towel either, and some flip flops for the changing rooms if you are that way inclined.
Organize your workouts
Now it is also important to be organized about the workouts themselves. As this is actually a very crucial way of efficiently achieving your health and fitness goals.
Did you know that there is still some people that head to the gym and do all the machines without a program in place? But this sort of untargeted activity will only get you so far. That is why is much more effective to follow a plan that is designed to give you specific results.
There are lots of these available, most of which you can do even without ever going to the gym such as Max Workout. But before you sign up to a subscription make sure you read some articles like this updated Max Workout review. As some folks are complaining that the workout itself is unorganized and hard to follow, making it pretty difficult to stick to over the long term.
Instead avoid this, by looking for a workout that has a visual plan and cheat sheets. So you can quickly access the information that you need. Without it compromising your workout. Remember being organized can help you across all areas of your health and fitness.
Organize your meals
So another way that organization can help you achieve your health and fitness goals is by organizing and preparing your meals.
Now there has been a lot about this on social media over the last year or so. But just to recap, organizing your meals is when you decide what you will have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks each day of the week. This allows you to plan and buy for healthy food that keeps to your dietary needs.
Then, meal prep is when you make the actual meals ahead of time, so they are there ready to go each day that you need them. In particular, folks tend to pre-prep their lunches for work at the weekend. This works so well because then you will have access to healthy food every day, and it limits the temptation to sneak to a Wendy’s or Chick-Fil-A when you get hungry.
You can also prep your breakfast and evening menus as well. Although for evening meals most people just get the chopping, and marinating done, and then freeze the results. Just pulling them out of the freezer each morning before they start their day. So all they need to do it cook them when they get in at dinner time.
About the Author
Hi there! I’m Cristen – founder of The Naptime Reviewer. I live in California with my husband and two little girls. I’m so happy to have been chosen as a Hyland’s Healthmaker. For years, I have loved Hyland’s products and make an effort every day to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s all about little wins, like choosing apples over fries! I have a passion for travel and discovering new things (including great products) and I love to share it with the world. I like to keep things real on my blog and social pages, so grab a cup of coffee and join me and my contributors!