We all know the benefits of working out and getting stronger and healthier, and many people choose this time of year to start a workout program. Unfortunately, many give up by the end of January. I’ve seen it over the years with my personal training clients. If you don’t want to be one of those people, follow these 5 tips for making exercise a habit.
- Lay out your workout clothes at night (every night), even your sneakers. Doing this takes away one decision you’ll have to make before your workout, giving you less time to procrastinate.
- Find out what time of day is best for you to workout. Take into consideration your family/work schedule and personal preference. I prefer working out as early as possible in the morning before my day starts and when I have the most energy and motivation.
- Find a workout you like and that you’ll actually do. If you do this you’ll be more likely to stick to it. Consistency is important if you want to see the benefits of your hard work!
- Remember why you want to make exercise a habit in your life. Do you want to lose weight? Lower your blood pressure? Reduce stress? Get stronger? Do you just need some “me” time? Whatever motivates you, remembering your “why” will help you stick with you exercise plan.
- Find a friend you can count on as a workout partner and/or someone who can give you moral support. It’s hard to imagine, but people (even people who love you) will try to sabotage your progress. This person will be your cheerleader when you get discouraged and feel like giving up.
Starting a workout program and making it a daily habit can be an overwhelming concept for most people. But don’t get discouraged! Following these 5 tips will help make working out a habit in your life so you can become a stronger, leaner, healthier you. If you want more information on fitness and diet, please see my other blog posts in the Fitness section of this blog.