It’s that time of year, where all the New Year resolution-ers who crowded the gym in January are slowly starting to drift away, leaving the gym filled with its usual goers.
If you fall into the category of a person who is starting to lose track of your fitness goals you may be asking yourself how your coworkers, friends, or family members make it seem so easy to fit in a workout most days of the week.
Well, the answer is quite simple; they’ve made working out become part of their daily routine to the point where it becomes second nature. But how do they do it?RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
By following some of these simple steps listed below, you too can make exercise a habit and be well on your way to a healthier life in no time!
Set small, realistic goals
When New Year’s rolls around people tend to make these huge goals of losing 20+ pounds, or going to the gym every single day for the year.
These goals are hard to accomplish because they seem too far to reach. Instead break your goals into small increment’s that are attainable to reach, for example set a goal of losing one to two pounds a week, or going to the gym at least three days a week for a half hour.
Once you accomplish these goals, you will see that your bigger goal was able to get reached and there was no stress over whether or not you were doing a good job.
Find an activity you enjoy
Let’s face it, not everyone enjoys spending hours on a stationary machine at the gym, and chances are if you are one of these people you will be less likely to carve out time in your day to do any activity you don’t enjoy.
The key is to find something you enjoy doing so you will be more likely to stick with it, because who wants to waste time doing something they hate anyway?
Schedule workouts as if they are appointments you must attend
When you have a meeting, or a work event you are scheduled for, chances are you don’t blow it off for miscellaneous other things you “have to do” that day. So why not treat your workouts this way?
Carve out time in your day just for your workouts and mentally block off that time so it does not interfere with any other activity that might get in the way.
If you need further help with this, schedule a session with a trainer. This way if you go or not you will have to pay for the service, so you might as well get your money’s worth and show up for each session to help get in a scheduled routine.
Find a workout buddy to keep you accountable
Working out with friend is great for both of you! This way you both can keep yourself accountable while trying new exercises and giving one another confidence to try something new!
You can even catch up on how one another is doing while getting healthy, rather than over drinks and dinner!
Pack your gym clothes and sneakers the night before and keep them in your car so on your way to or from work you are prepared! This will allow for you to go straight to the gym and avoid any last minute distractions that can arise with going home before the gym.
Do it for you
Sometimes people decide to get fit and healthy for reasons outside of bettering themselves.
When the action is motivated by something outside of an internal motivation (for example doing it because your friends are, or because your family is telling you to) the action will eventually drift off and become a thing of the past.
It is best to know why you are starting your exercise program to begin with.
Do you want to be healthier so you can run around with your kids? So you don’t feel as tired and sluggish throughout the day? Or maybe so you can feel better in your own skin?
Motivators like this will allow you to stay focused because they come from within. Be selfish! Allow this time to be all about YOU, because YOU want to be a healthier person!
Working out does not have to be the most dreaded part of your day. The more fun you have with it, the easier it will be to make exercise a priority! By following the above steps you will be well on your way to having exercise become a simple habit.