So you started your fitness routine but have you stuck with it? Is it a habit yet? If your fitness routine has not become a habit yet there are a few tricks to make sure you are on of those people that cannot miss there workout.
A study done by Diane Klein, PhD., shows that people that stick with exercise an average of 13 years or more rank their motivators in this way: fitness being first; feelings of well-being, pep and energy, enjoyment of the exercise; making exercise a priority; sleeping better; feeling alert; being relaxed; weight management; and lastly, appearance. Making sure that your motivation is in the right place is a good place to start your fitness habit.
Once you have your motivation it is time to start working out.
Make your workout a priority. Whatever time of day you put your workout in make it a non-negotiable appointment with yourself.
Speaking of time of day, make your workout easy to fit in. For some that is early morning, for others that is right after work. The less time you have in between home and work and working out the less excuses you can come up with. Set your time of day and stick with it.
Get a buddy. Being accountable to someone else will make you show up and workout. When you are tired and you don’t want to work out having someone there to push you helps.
If you think that you are too tired to workout, chances are once you start moving you will feel better. While exercising your body uses oxygen more efficiently so you should start to feel better as you go along.
Write down your activities. Logging what activities you do and how far you go, rather that be steps accumulated in a day or how many miles you ran, writing it down will help you see your progress. While you are at it write down anything that is important to you whatever that is, how much you weighted, how much you exercised, or anything that you feel is important.
Reward yourself. We are built to make behavior changes based on rewards. Decide on your goal and a reward. You might reward yourself to new workout clothes after making your workout every day for a month. Do whatever works for you.
Candace Davidson is the wellness director for the McPherson Family YMCA. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and is an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.