So how many of you have heard of the 7 Ps?
Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss* Poor Performance
Well this thought popped into my head yesterday as I entered the gym and realised I hadn't planned what I wanted to do and how I was going to achieve it. I dithered over the running machine before deciding I wasn't wearing the correct clothing. I then hovered over the weights before remembering I had done resistance the day before. Finally I settled on the cross trainer and spent 2-3 minutes trying to decide on the programme. So of the 45 minutes I had in the gym I had already spent 10 minutes trying to work out what I was going to do. What a waste of my precious gym time.
For some people time is not an issue but that doesn't mean you shouldn't spend 5 minutes planning what you are going to do in your session. When you are exercising you want to be focused on the task not wondering what you will be doing next. Whilst planning ask yourself how this is going to help you achieve your goals, whether that is walking 3K or running 10K (see SMART goals on help how to set goals).
In addition to planning on what you are going to do plan when you are going to do the session. You are more likely to stick to an exercise routine if you plan ahead and write it down in your diary. Your health should be a priority and worthy of scheduling.
Make the time you exercise count.
Would love to hear how you plan and then stick to your exercise routine.
*apologies for the swearing.