Overcoming Procrastination: 6 Tips for Distracted Exercisers.

“Procrastination is like a credit card: It’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”
– Christopher Parker

Here’s something for you to chew on: A survey by H&R Block found that tax procrastinators overpaid their taxes by an average of $400 due to rushing-related errors. That’s more than $473 million in just one year.

Now imagine the cost of procrastination when it comes to health and fitness. Image the diabetes, weight-related ailments and heart disease that could be avoided if people took the initiative; no doubt $473 million pales in comparison.

So, how do we kick our procrastinating ways and get off our butts? Here are a few tips to help you manage your procrastination:

  1. Assess what it is about exercising that’s holding you back. You need to identify the problem to solve it. If, for example, you feel that you don’t know enough to workout, get a trainer or start educating yourself. If you think the gym is boring, buy an iPod or join a gym with televisions. If you don’t have transportation, download some home workouts.
  2. Ask yourself: “Am I happier with more of the same – or would I be happier if I was healthier and stronger?”
  3. Be realistic about the commitment. Getting into shape seems like a daunting task – and yes, it will take many hours of exercise to get there. But really, when broken down over the course of months, it really may only amount to 30 minutes a day, three days a week. Doesn’t that seem so much more doable?
  4. Realize that procrastination is a choice. You can choose to distract yourself – or you can choose to jump right in and create attain your fitness goals.
  5. Reward yourself. If you fall off the bus or skip a few days, don’t beat yourself up. But if you stick to your workout schedule, reward yourself with something nice – a good dinner, a movie, a new pair of shoes. Positive reinforcement works!
  6. Stop worrying about failure. A lot of people don’t work out because they’re afraid that they won’t reach their goals. The truth is, you may not reach all of your goals – though I’d hardly consider this failure. Doing the best you can will certainly feel better than doing nothing at all.

Do you procrastinate when it comes to working out? If so, how do you distract yourself? It better not be with my blog. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  1. OMG, I swear I’m gonna tape this to this exercise bench I have in my room and which I use as a suit holder lol. Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I think this was written for me. I’ve been telling myself I’d start back at the gym this week. Hasn’t happened yet. THANK YOU!

  3. I really got a lot out of reading this. Thank you Davey Wavey, I’ll put it to practice!

  4. ..maybe instead of investing so much time looking for love(online) we should invest even a fraction of that time in loving ourselves a.k.a excercise. Even a 1/2 hour walk ONCE a week does tremendous things, baby steps to loving you, very inspirational Davey

    How are you suppose to love somebody else if you don’t love yourself first? mmhmmm G’ahmen

  5. Thanks for this posting … I’m old enough to have gone through several of these cycles and know better. I remember well the sense of just getting started, and then not being able to stop having some sort of fitness movement be part of my day. I needed this today! The summer is flying by and I haven’t even been on my bike yet.

  6. Fantastic tips, can use this in my everyday life for motivation not only in gym life

  7. Christian says:

    Davey, Thank you so much for this article. It has been very benificial for me and to help me realize that I was procrastinating for no reason. I have taken your words to heart and started working out. I’m starting with small steps, but at least i’ve started. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the great work. You affect us in more ways than you actually realize.

  8. As someone, who often puts of today’s activities until tomorrow, I really like this post. Your ideas apply to more than just exercise. Thank you for sharing.