We all know we should be exercising more. But knowing and doing are two very different things. And on the off chance that you actually do, it’s even harder to keep doing.
Every night before I go to bed I set two alarms. One for 6:30am that says “WORKOUT!” and one for 7:45am that says “I’m disappointed in you”. In the past three months, I’ve gotten up for that 6:30am alarm a handful of times (a newborn baby’s a handful) and never on consecutive days.
If you’re like me, tired of being disappointed in yourself for not exercising regularly, here are some tips and tricks for actually sticking to your workout regime. (Post continues after gallery.)
New week, new you
According to researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, if you’re looking to start a new workout program, you might want to wait until Monday.
“On certain days, called temporal landmarks, you just have a different view of yourself,” said Jason Riis, visiting professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of report told Today. “You become more forward looking.” Meaning Monday is the day you are most likely to make a change in habits, to make a fresh start.
Morning, noon, or night?
Okay, so this Monday you’re going to start working towards the new you, but what time should you start? Which is best, an early morning, afternoon, or evening sweat session? Well, unfortunately there isn’t a short answer to this. According to Vogue, they all have their pros and cons.
Pro: Early morning exercise kick-starts your blood circulation, and the endorphin rush helps brighten your mood.
Con: Lack of sleep. Ugh.
Tips: Stretch. Stretch. Stretch. “Keep in mind that because you’ve been lying down in a sleep state for several hours, it’s important to take time to prepare your body for exercising,” Paul Vincent, cofounder of Santa Monica, California’s Altus Sports Institute, tells Vogue.
Pros: Afternoon exercise can regulate circadian rhythms which can help to jumpstart your metabolism.