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How to Plan Ahead Like a PRO

How to Plan Ahead Like a PRO

Posted by Spinning® on Apr 18th 2018

By Andrea Gnys"Failing to plan is planning to fail"The quote above could not be more accurate. It's Sunday night, and you know you should put something together for your lunch for tomorrow, or even maybe take some meat out of the freezer for dinner tomorrow night. But you decide to stay on the couch a little while longer in front of the TV or on your tablet. Monday rolls around, and because you didn't pack a healthy lunch, you end up grabbing a big lunch with coworkers. Then for dinner, prepping all those veggies you told yourself you would have for stir fry was absolutely out of the question because it’s Monday and you are exhausted. Does that sound familiar at all? We've all been there.So what can we do to plan ahead and make sure we don’t fall into these unhealthy traps again? Here are just a few tips to keep you on the right track for healthier habits.

Plan your meals

As best you can, decide what you want to have throughout the week. Get your groceries based on the meals you plan to have throughout the week and do your best to stick to that plan. This way, you won't over-shop or be left with nothing but fast food for lunch at the office. Making things like quinoa or a chicken breast on Saturday or Sunday can be stored in the fridge and used for meals throughout the week. Anything that you can pre-prep, do it! Anything you can pre-portion in tupperware so you can just grab and go, make that happen! Quick and easy is what we're after here.

Healthy snacks are key

It's great to get a variety of veggies, fruits and healthy snacks so you don't get away from home with nothing to eat when you get peckish. Trail mix is an awesome option to always have on hand, and you don’t even have to buy it – you can make your own! All you need is a few different kinds of nuts (cashews, walnuts and almonds are a few of my favorites), throw in some dried fruit (like cranberries or goji berries), and if you really have a sweet tooth, add in a (very) few dark chocolate chips. Voila! A healthy but filling snack to hold you over until your next meal.

What are you “training” tomorrow?

Decide what sort of workout you'll be doing ahead of the time you plan to do it. Maybe you're one of those people that goes to classes every day. If this is the case, planning becomes even simpler as you have a consistent time and place to be every day to develop this healthy habit. But if you are doing your own workout at home or on the road, it’s always best to decide what you're doing before it's actually time to train. You’ll be mentally prepared and will be less likely to hit a wall during your training.A few years ago, I remember that if I didn’t prep the night before, I would just wake up and decide to “stretch” for a half hour. This is fine once and awhile, but it’s not enough for the body and energy I wanted! If you aren't comfortable putting your own workout regimens together, Spinning provides tons of fabulous resources and training tips to keep you prepared on on the right path.Stay organized and subscribe to our newsletter to learn how to stick to healthy routines.