It’s almost midway through the year. Have you been keeping up with the fitness goals you’ve set for yourself, or have you fallen off the wagon and have backslid into your old routine? If I’m being honest, my fitness routine has been almost non-existent for the past month. Why? My life got hectic, and my fitness goals were no longer a priority. And you know what, that’s OK. Life and circumstances can halt your fitness routine, but you can always readjust and get back into it. Are you ready to get started? I know I am!
Below are 7 tips to help you establish a workout routine that will work for you.
1 – Make it a Priority
If your overall health is important to you, work on making it a priority. Find the mental space to work through the steps below and get started!
2 – Starting Small is OK
Chances are you aren’t going to be able to run a half marathon on your first day back to training, and that’s OK. Any type of exercise is better than nothing. Start by establishing a time goal for your workouts and stick to it. Then as time goes on, continue to add 10 – 15 minutes to your workouts. Each step will push you closer to your end goal(s).
3 – Figure Out What Time Works Best for You
This was my go-to excuse for the longest time. (and I know I’m not alone) For a while, I was trying to fit in my workouts between Monday – Friday, but I found that I almost always missed my Monday workouts. Mondays are just too busy for me, and if I missed Monday, I opened myself up to more excuses throughout the week. What did I do? I shifted my schedule to start later in the week. This simple change helped to set me up for success!
Question(s) to Ask Yourself:
- What days could I fit in a quick workout?
- Am I a morning person or a night person?
- If I’m unable to work out before or after work, can I fit in a workout during my lunch break?
4- Hold Yourself Accountable
Have a workout buddy or someone you can check in with along the way. This should be someone you know will follow up with you, and encourage you to keep going … even when you think you can’t.
Question(s) to Ask Yourself:
- Who could I ask to be my workout buddy?
- If an accountability partner isn’t for you. What other ways can you hold yourself accountable?
5 – Find a Way to Track Your Progress
Have you ever heard of the Habit List app (for iPhone)? I LOVE it! This app allows you to set up and easily check off your daily goals. You can set up rules for each habit, and check them off as you hit our goal for the day. Bonus, the app automatically counts how many times you’ve crossed each item off your habits list! It’s a fun and convenient way to track your progress!
6- Find a Workout Plan to Follow
There are SO many programs, apps, and subscriptions for working out. Honestly, working out has never been so convenient. Ask your friends and peers what they use and find a program that works for you. Right now, I’m following Diary of a Fit Mommy’s Strong Body Guide program. It’s a 5-day workout program, that’s quick and easy to follow and is perfect for my routine right now!
7 – 54321 – Just Do It
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1, just do it. No, this isn’t a Nike commercial, but a tool that Mel Robbins talks about in her book “The 5 Second Rule.”
Never heard of it? Here’s a one-sentence summary from Fourminutebooks.com
1-Sentence-Summary: The 5 Second Rule is a simple tool that undercuts most of the psychological weapons your brain employs to keep you from taking action, which will allow you to procrastinate less, live happier and reach your goals.
It’s a simple, yet, powerful tool to help get you motivated. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend listening to the book during your next workout!
What tips do you use to help motivate you to work out? Share them in the comments below!