There are a few things you can do to maximize your training. Most of the time, it’s the simplest things that will make the biggest difference on the results you get.
Set up a calendar
The easiest thing and the first that you should do is to plan your workouts ahead. Know on which day you’ll train and at which hour. Print that paper and put it on your fridge so that way you always see it. The day before your workout, get your clothes ready so you don’t have to rush in the morning.
Follow a proven routine
Doing random exercises will not get you far. Having a structured program is the way to go. As with the calendar, having the sets, repetitions and exercises ready is an effective way to get better results because you can keep track of what you did.
Even better, get a program that follows scientific principles! For example, high intensity interval training and progressive strength training are all methods used with good success.
Be strict with your training
I know how hard it can be to get out of bed in the morning, or how easy it is to skip your daily workout after work. But you HAVE to be consistent. It’s one if not the most important rule to follow. With time it gets easier to do what you’ve got to do. It’s also why having a calendar is so important.
Intensity is the key
Forget about hour long training sessions. You can do everything that you need to do to get good results in 30 minutes or less. Just put more intensity into your training. Do super sets, circuit training and of course, spend less time looking at your phone during the breaks!
Most importantly, you have to be able to approach training as something that is a part of you and not a duty or a chore. Learn to love the time spent working out. Take notice of moments that you find enjoyable and impose that feeling on the ones that you dislike.
There is something called the “runner’s high”. It is a feeling of well being after an intense exercise. Strive to achieve that and you’ll soon be addicted to training just like I am!