It is relatively easy to start working out, eating healthy, and engaging in health-conscious activities, but the hard part is sticking with the program long enough that it becomes a lifelong habit or even shows in our body outlook.
We all know it’s easy to make excuses not to work out; an increasing workload, extracurricular activities, or exhaustion. Sooner than later, the excuses start to grow. You end up skipping a few days, a week, maybe even a few weeks—and before you know it, you’re back at square one. It’s a vicious cycle.
But it does not have to be difficult because with a slight change of your mindset, some simple planning and a little motivation, you can start (and keep!) a consistent workout schedule—for good.
Here’s how to begin:
- Take Baby Steps
You would never try to jog 100 miles in one day, right? When you do too much too soon, you’ll end up sore, injured, and discouraged. Take it easy as you get started. Maybe you only run a quarter of a mile your first week. When that becomes easy, you can make it more challenging. Set the Bar Low and Start Small.It’s better to work within your limits, and gradually get stronger.
- Enjoy Your Workout
You will be more likely to establish and adhere to a daily routine if you genuinely enjoy the activity you are performing. For example, if you enjoy playing a specific sport, it’ll help to join a neighborhood team. You can also make it more fun by playing fun music to work out to. if you get struck in the rut with a particular exercise, experiment with something new. Trying different things will challenge your body to move in new ways, which will both make you stronger and keep you from being bored.
- Report To Others
Being accountable to others is an effective way of keeping on track. You can do it on your blog, on social media, with your spouse, friends or family, a workout partner, a coach, a group, or a class. However you set up, make it part of the process that you have to report your daily workout to other people. It could be using an online log, or on a forum, or through email, or the phone, or just by telling your co-workers what you did this morning. But be sure that they know your goal, and that they are expecting your report every day.
- Focus on the Present
So, what if you missed a week at the gym and polished off some bottles of beer over the weekend? Leave the guilt in the past. You have a chance to get back into your routine TODAY.
- Consult an Expert
A certified fitness trainer can help you push yourself, both on days when you see them and on days when you work out solo. Inquire at a local gym to find trainers, or ask people you trust if they have recommendations. A good trainer will help you craft a routine that continues to grow with you. You could also use Exercise DVDs from certified trainers. Exercise DVDs are cost-effective, private and flexible, and they allow you to stop and start your workouts based on real-life time constraints
To be successful at fitness, it needs to be in the same category of the brain as sleeping, and eating. Your workout should be just as much a habit as having your bath or eating lunch. When it’s part of your routine, you won’t even have to think about it. In a few months, fitness can become a regular feature in your day.