01: Have decent workout pants – This might sound silly, but having good quality gym pants makes all the world of difference in a workout. That goes for gym clothes in general, I think. My favourite gym pants are from GAP, which is annoying because I have to have them parcel forwarded to me, but they’re so worth it.
02: Have a plan – I love to involve planning in nearly every element of my life, and exercise is not exempt from this. I always make sure to pre-plan my gym sessions in my Plum Paper Planner, because if it’s in there I HAVE to do it. End of story. I also think having a plan once you actually get to the gym is a great idea. It saves you from aimlessly wandering between all of the complicated machinery. At least that’s my experience.
03: Have an awesome playlist – Nothing pumps me up for the gym like a really great playlist, especially if it’s one I’ve created to suit my taste at the current time. I often listen to old gym playlists and hate every single song on there. That could be conditioning due to me listening to the songs while sweating my guts out, but who knows.
04: Rest and recover – Nothing puts the brakes on your gym progress quite like pushing yourself too hard and putting yourself out of action for an extended period of time. I always make time to warm down after every workout, and have been using these nurofen heat patches to help my sore and aching muscles after a particularly hard night at the gym. They last for 8 hours, and give a lovely warming sensation that really help the body relax. These are now a must-have in my medicine cabinet at home.
05: Set personal challenges – Nothing motivates me like setting goals for myself, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this regard. I’m thinking of bringing back the gold star challenge, guys. Who’s in?