“Pay yourself FIRST... In both finance AND in fitness...”
The idea of “paying yourself first” is a common theme that you will find in most personal finance/wealth programs. The idea behind this is to save and invest the FIRST 10% of your income before the rest gets divided up between all of your other expenses. This prioritizes savings and automatically forces you to adapt all other expenses to what is left over. On the other hand, as the concept goes, when you pay yourself last, you are more likely to have nothing left over for personal savings and investing.
I like to use this same “money management” strategy toward my “fitness management” with me and with my clients. Essentially, when you “pay yourself last” by working out at the end of the day (after a long day at work, commute, family commitments, etc.), your workout tends to get the last priority. By being placed last in priority, it becomes the first thing to be compromised when something unexpected comes up. As it turns out, none of us are “machines”, and energy levels are finite... So, even if you do eventually hit the gym at the end of the day, your best energy and focus will most definitely have been devoted to something else.
What can we do to combat this cycle? My suggestion is to pay yourself FIRST by waking up an hour and a half earlier than normal. Use your maximum allotment of focus and energy of the day to invest in yourself by getting your workout in and preparing all of your meals for the day. This way, when the chaos and unpredictability of life hits, your fitness and nutrition will not become a casualty... That is why I highly recommend “PAYING YOURSELF FIRST!” 🙏