It’s human nature to go through cycles. Sometimes we are eager and motivated and others not so much. When it’s 75 degrees outside and the sun is shining down, I have a strong drive to get out and run. While on cloudy days, I’d rather sit on the couch. I think most of us can relate. The key is being in the motivated stage more often than not.
How do you make exercising a habit and get through those not-so-motivating days? Here are a few tried and true tips to help you make a habit:
Like many other things in life, it’s best to schedule it in like an appointment. Go ahead and sign-up for that race or class, and set a date with a friend to meet up and walk or run. Then actually write it on your calendar and add it to the one on your phone. Set a reminder too! Treating it like an appointment makes you less likely to skip out. Even if you just have 10 minutes on your lunch break still schedule it!
Having a plan at the beginning of the week will make you more likely to be active throughout the week. After a few weeks you’ll find what works best for you and will be likely to continue.
Keep things interesting. Don’t be afraid to try new activities with family or friends. Variety can help prevent boredom and burnout. Never tried Zumba or yoga? Sign up for a class.
Exercising first thing is a great way to make sure you get it in. Too many times we get started with the day and think ‘After I do this, I’ll go walk.’ and it keeps getting pushed off and turns into ‘I’ll do it tomorrow.’ Go walk first thing and check it off your to-do list!
Keep track of your progress. Even simply making a note of how far you walk can help. This way you can look back and see how far you’ve come from time to time. On those hard days when you aren’t motivated it can be great to look back and say ‘When I started I could only walk 15 minutes 3 times a week. Now I’m up to an hour a day!’
Keep yourself motivated to continue by planning non-food rewards. For Example: If I run three times a week for the next two months I can buy myself the new purse or watch I’ve been wanting. That item will be even more special because you earned it too.
*Don’t forget small pockets of time you have here and there that are not planned can still be great opportunities to move more. Get in the habit of having the mindset to look for ways throughout your day to walk a little farther and simply be more active.
How do you keep exercise routine?