Are you the type of person that saves the best for last? When you get the piece of cake and you love the icing, do you eat the cake first and save the icing until the end? Are you the type of person that completes the easy tasks first and saves the hard ones until last or do you do them first to get them out of the way?
Answering these questions will tell you a lot about yourself. Do you like immediate gratification or do you like delayed gratification ? I never really thought about it much until recently when I started to run this major hill by my house. For years I would always power walk up the hill and start my run when I got to the top. Other days I would go in a different direction which had smaller hills but none near as steep. I recently decided to change up my workout pattern and decided I would start by running that major hill and try not to stop until I got to the top. By doing so it was increasing my heart rate and I was burning a tremendous amount of calories. Although I dreaded it, once I got to the top I felt relief. I knew that the rest of the run would be easy because the roads were relatively flat. The entire time I am struggling to get to the top I kept telling myself that once I'm there it will be easy and the hardest part will be over! This made me start to think about my life and how sometimes I avoid doing things because I don't like doing them but once I have completed them I feel a sense of relief. Completing the things that I dread made the rest of the tasks easier. I look at exercise the same way. I get up in the morning and I get my workouts completed so I don't have to think about it for the rest of the day. I do the cardio first because that's the part I like the least and I know once I am finished my cardio then all I have to do is lift. In changing up my mindset I actually look forward to getting my workouts done and I feel that I have given more effort to them because I have gotten the hard part finished first. If you struggle with doing exercise; whether it's cardio or lifting, my suggestion would be to do it as soon as you can and get it over with. If you can work out first thing in the morning that would be great, or maybe as soon as you get off of work. And if you are not a big fan of doing cardio then do weight training and do cardio bursts in between. That will help you burn calories and get it all done at one time. Simplifying your workouts will help you to stay consistent with completing them and will make you look forward to doing them. Kinda like eating the icing!