Let’s face it, it’s not all that difficult to start a fitness routine. After all, most of us have done it more than once. The trouble, of course, comes with sticking with it. All too often, our initial enthusiasm and energy wanes and we get distracted by other things going on in our lives. Or we don’t think we’re seeing results quickly enough – and we throw in the towel. Yet many people do manage to hang in there. You might not always wake up excited to exercise, but these five simple changes will make this whole workout thing a little bit easier.
Set yourself up for success
Celebrate the large and small victories. Prepare to embrace your setbacks. Keep track of your goals or what you’re looking to accomplish at the end of the day. The best thing about exercise is that it’ll still be there the next day, even if you haven’t been to the gym in a month. You can always start a new routine. Be kind to yourself if you stumble, because you can always try again the next day.
Bring a friend
There’s a reason many people use the buddy system and that’s because it works. When you need a little bit of motivation, ask a friend to workout with you. You’re more accountable to your exercise regimen when someone else is counting on you to show up. You’ll push each other to get the most out of your workout and maybe even have a good time in the process, but at the very least, you’ll show up.
Stick to what you love
Not into running? Try zumba, swimming, pilates or yoga. Avoid workouts you don’t love because it makes it much harder to find the motivation to get moving. If you mix up your routine and find activities you enjoy, it won’t seem like an inconvenience to your day, but something to look forward to.
Invest in your health
If you have the budget and extra available money every month, join a gym. If you’re seeing the money come out of your bank account monthly, it’s harder to justify skipping an entire week. If you have enough money, buy some new running shoes, workout gear or those gym luggage sets you’ve always wanted. If you feel good in what you’re wearing, you’ll be more motivated to break a sweat.
Pick a time that works for you
For many people, that session first thing in the morning is the best time to work muscles and get it out of the way. For others, after work is the ideal time to go to the gym or do a home workout. Experiment with different times until you find one that you can maintain and works for you. Then, stick to your schedule for at least six weeks. Once you see results, you’ll be even more likely to make time for exercise.