How to Make Exercise a Habit
October 09, 2019
Submitted by Anatomies Family Fitness
How many of you, at least once in your life, have tried time and time again to set up a regular exercise routine? Trust me, you’re not alone. I could spend hours explaining why it is vital to make fitness an integral part of your daily routine. However, I’m under no illusions. The thought of maintaining a regular workout routine can seem overwhelming and exhausting if you are not in the habit of doing so.
So, how about we change our view of exercise from a torture tool to a lifestyle staple your body will crave? By establishing realistic goals, a structured schedule, and maintaining positivity, we can work on creating a healthy habit for exercise that we can all stick to.
We all might have different preferences on what work outs we like to do or what works best for us, but we can all agree on one thing—we want to get in shape and improve our quality of life. If you’re having trouble establishing a routine, try incorporating these tips to help you achieve your goals.
Make it a priority.
You’re not going to go to bed at night or wake up in the morning without brushing your teeth. It’s just not an option. That’s how we should be treating exercise. Skipping a planned workout should not be a forethought.
Designate a day and time.
Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, your body responds to activity when it feels the most energetic. During this time, set aside at least 30 minutes to work up a sweat. By choosing a consistent time each day, it will remind you to make fitness both a priority (tip #1) and a regularity.
Switch it up.
Boredom is the most common culprit of fizzled fitness ambition. It happens all the time. You jump in head first to your fitness journey, and before you know it, you are walking mindlessly around the gym not knowing what to do next. Monotony prevents you from moving forward, which is why it is imperative to switch up your workouts. Sign up for a group fitness class or training program, or plan a regimented fitness schedule for yourself. For example, Monday could be “upper body,” Tuesday could be “core,” etc. Planning your activities for the week is crucial for an invigorating workout that is built for longevity.
Do it when you’re “too tired.”
“I really regret that workout,” said no one, ever. Exhaustion should be a motivator to get moving. Chances are, you will feel much better after exercising. Sometimes you just need that little push to get your second wind for the day. So, the next time you’re feeling too tired, just head to the gym or go for a run! You will be pleasantly energized.
Invite a friend.
Exercise partners provide a powerful combination of support, accountability, motivation and, in some cases, healthy competition. In fact, studies show that working out with a partner or group can double your performance. In fact, sweating it up with a friend or group can help inspire the love you need to make that lasting positive change.
Experts say that making behavior changes can be challenging, but rewards motivate. So decide on a goal and a reward, and work towards it. You might buy yourself a new pair of running shoes after losing a few pounds. You may indulge in a sweet treat after sticking to your plan for one month. Just remember: everything in moderation. Whatever you decide to reward yourself with, make it worth it, and hit that goal.
We all know that those who exercise on a regular basis are not just healthier, but they are also more energetic, more productive, and have more willpower. Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long term results. So what are you waiting for? Today is a new beginning, and there’s nothing like a fresh start.
For more information or help developing a complete fitness program to meet your needs, please contact one of our Club Representatives or Anatomies Fitness Professionals. Call 601-579-9555 or visit us online at anatomies.com and select the “Contact” tab.
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