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How To Get Yourself Stick To Your Workout Routine With An Easy Trick?

February 3rd, 2009 · 10 Comments ·


I saw my cousin sister putting her toys back to her room after she finished playing with it. While adult teaches the kids to put things away after they are done, I myself do not actually follow such rule. I keep my gym bag and shoes close to the door where I get my house keys. I have been doing it since 4 years ago.  The reason I do that is to ensure the bag and shoes are more visible so that I will more likely to pick them up to go a workout. Every time I want to go out, I will see the bag and shoes and I will tell myself not forget to work out for that particular day.

I have also seen people putting dumbbells close to the television set. During commercial breaks, they will do few sets of biceps curl. Of course, you can have the dumbbells in your kitchen too. While waiting for the coffee to brew, do few sets of lateral raises. So, instead of having weighing scale in the living room or bathroom, put something there you can exercise, like mat or medicine ball.


I don’t have dumbbells at home. So, to get over the “out of sight, out of mind” issue, I just make sure the gym bags and sport shoes are close to the main door – a trick which has been working well for me for the past 4 years.

How about you, do you do anything similar to get yourself exercise?



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  • Pam // Feb 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    I completely agree and yes. I have a dumbell set by the sofa in front of the TV. One by my working desk. My gym bag has a spot by the sofa nearest to the door and my gym shoes x 4 sets are lined up in high visibility just by the door.

    Hard to miss all that.

  • Nilesh Babu // Feb 3, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    i packed everything the night before and leave it on the sofa in my living hall. that’s the first thing i see when i walked out of my room. been doing this for the past 2 years, it has worked successfully, even on those “i feel lazy” days.. :D

  • Tom Parker // Feb 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    I find one good trick is to get changed for the gym at work and go to the gym straight from work. This means there is no chance of me getting home and getting distracted by the TV, flatmates etc.

  • Yavor // Feb 3, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Hey Mun, working out during commercials, huh? Bruce Lee used to do this. Way to go!


  • Kevsworld // Feb 3, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    I’ve never had to do this so far because I really like the weight room . . . but if it works for you, why not?

  • Poundsaway // Feb 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    For me, the easiest way is to work out first thing in the morning – no excuse. If I work out in the evening it’ll be a “bonus”. And if I don’t work out in the evening, at least I did my dues in the morning.

    I make exercise “easy to access”, meaning they’re all at home. I have aerobics DVDs and a stationery bike, which I use when watching TV.

  • foongpc // Feb 5, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    I don’t need to have anything placed in front of me to remind me to go to the gym. I have my gym schedule all planned out in my week’s schedule. So I know exactly when to go gym, and there’s no chance of missing it : )

  • Ria // Feb 10, 2009 at 2:03 AM

    Having a personal trainer helped me go to the gym more regularly than when I didn’t have one. Because there’s some accountability, and I’m gonna be standing someone up if I don’t show up that day. I also stacked my gym bag with “goodies”, like a nice shampoo, bath gel, lotion etc. I like going to the gym as it is, but these little things even add to my enthusiasm for it.

  • kevintai // Feb 19, 2009 at 1:44 AM

    i juz hav to think of to getting of getting 6pack…n that would drag myself to gym in no far…worked for me!

  • Scarlett // Mar 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    My motivation is thinking the following things:

    were about to do mandatory pullups in gym
    i’ll be able to wear cuter clothes
    people will stop calling me fat
    i can wear bikinis
    I’ll have a waist!

    usually it gets me doing something aerobic.

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