Environment is everything.

I like a good antecedent modification (decrease the likelihood of problem behavior [quitting] by making adjustments to the environment prior to the occurrence of problem behavior) as much as anyone else, so before I started my new exercise routine I thought long and hard about what I could do to my environment to make it as conducive to exercise as possible.

I remembered something one of my doctors told me eons ago when I was having a hard time falling asleep at night. She said, “Make your bedroom a place for relaxation and sleep. Stop folding clothes in there, exercising, and anything else that’s not restful. Your mind and body won’t be able to rest if it thinks you need to be doing this other stuff.” Environmental triggers, and whatnot.

So I applied that same strategy to my workouts. Ironically, I had been working out in my bedroom. It was the only room (that wasn’t the living room) where I had the space for the equipment. But on a similar note, when I’m in my bedroom I’m thinking about laying down or reading a book or binging Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not exercise. So where else could I set up a dedicated workout space?

Our condo is pretty big (more square footage than our old house), but it’s still a condo. It’s not like we have a FROG or a basement or a garage where we can can set up a home gym. But we do have a spare bedroom… granted we had it set up as a spare bedroom with a queen-sized bed, dressers, and nightstands. It was pretty packed, especially with the addition of my exercise bike. But how often do people actually visit us? How often is that room used as a spare bedroom? We’ve been living here for more than a year and the answer is zero. So why are we not using this space for US?

We are now.

It’s not beautiful, but it doesn’t have to be. It just has to be functional, and it is. The bed is still there if we have a visitor, and it’s super easy to get it back together. The dressers are packed full of exercise equipment (dumbbells, bands, etc.), the closets have floor mats and foam rollers (and a bunch of other junk), the bike fits tucked in that corner, and the workout bench folds small enough to put in the closet if we need to quickly convert the room for a guest. The workout bench (purchased from Amazon) is also super light, so it’s easy for me to move out of the way to have more floor space for my workout. The angle of the photo is actually terrible (I like amateur photography, mmmkay?), it’s bigger than it looks.

I love my new workout space! When I walk in, I am quickly in the exercise mindset, which is exactly where I need to be. I also have a Roku TV if I want to watch something, and an Amazon Echo Dot to listen to music.

Do you have a favorite workout space? Anything you’ve done to your environment to make it make it fit you? Everyone is different. Every individual is individual. Make it your own!

See you next week!

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