4. Focus on your “why”
Name: Rhys Athayde, 24
Occupation: Founding trainer at DOGPOUND
When Athayde’s alarm goes off at 4:30 A.M., he remembers his “Why?” to keep him motivated. “We all face adversity, and things that limit us,” he says. “Growing up with health issues like scoliosis, severe asthma, food allergies, and extremely poor eyesight could have been reasons for me to avoid the gym.
Instead, I use them as motivation to go even harder every day.” Others don’t have the opportunity to get up and get out, which is enough for him.
5. Change your perception of what a “workout” is
Name: Matt Delaney, 35
Occupation: Equinox Tier X coach
By the time most guys stir in the morning, Delaney has already finished his commute into New York City from his home in Westchester, where he climbs out of bed at 3:50 A.M. But if you think you have to be in the gym in order to exercise, he says, think again.
“We have been conditioned to think that workouts happen in a certain place, or have to last for an extended period of time, in order to have a benefit. The reality is that most physical activities can improve general health outcomes.” Instead of considering anything less than running four miles and squatting 300 pounds to be a failure, start small. Try shifting from bed to a body-weight circuit in your living room. From there, you can slowly move things all the way to the gym.