Everyone has that annoying friend who never seems to miss a gym workout.
While it may seem they are just lucky and don’t have the obligations you do, chances are they probably do but have created a schedule and habits around exercise that works for them. More importantly, they’ve done it consistently enough to make it a routine and reap the benefits.
While different things appeal to different people, try integrating adapting some of these to see which work for you:
1) Schedule workouts first thing in the morning
You will boost your metabolism for the rest of the day, increase your energy, strengthen your will to stick with a healthy-eating plan, and you’ll have a better mood and sleep better.
First thing in the morning, you are less likely to be distracted by email, work calls or anything else that may come up.
Additionally, by working out early you will have less time before your workout to think about it and talk yourself into doing something else ‘more important’.
2) Recruit workout partners
Ask just about anyone what keeps them committed to fitness goals and invariably it involves other humans.
Whether it’s a gym buddy or workout partner another comrade will help keep you accountable, motivated and up to date on the latest goss if they like to chat!
Find the right partner or group and you might even start looking forward to workout time.
3) Find a class, routine or environment you like
By enjoying the instructor, environment or even fellow gym goers, it makes the sometimes unpleasant task of working out bearable.
Don’t end up feeling like a teenager being dragged to do something you don’t want to do at a place where you don’t want to be.
4) Set a goal
If you don’t have a goal (no matter how small) there isn’t a whole lot of motivation to get you working out. Goals don’t always have to be based on the aesthetic. Maybe you challenge yourself to go to the gym three times a week for six weeks or take one strength and one stretch class per week. Treat yourself to a facial or other reward if you make it.
5) Schedule rest days
Give yourself at least one or two days a week out of the gym to avoid burnout and injury. Maybe you like being outside so schedule a beach or park workout instead.
Remember the goal is to workout AND enjoy being healthy, so think what would make this less of a task for you.
What helps you maintain a regular fitness program? Please share in the comments below.