Even though we know that being physically active is good for our bodies and our minds, helps with sleep, boosts mood, and energy levels, we have plenty of excuses why we don’t do it. When you’re ready to make the commitment to fitness and getting strong and in shape, here are some tips for making exercise a habit.
Choose things you like doing - You’re never going to want to go if you sign up for Spin class and hate it. So find ways to workout that make you happy - and get creative. You can do horseback riding, ballroom dancing, martial arts, or rock climbing.
Make exercise your top priority - Stick to it and build your momentum gradually to see the results you’re looking for. Keep showing up and let your body get used to all this activity. And don’t beat yourself up if you miss some sessions, just be as consistent as possible.
Track progress - Keep up with how many times you’ve exercised, how many steps you’ve walked, or how many miles you ran. Over time you’ll be able to tell what’s working and where you need improvement, so you can adjust and challenge yourself.
Celebrate the victories - When you reach a goal or achieve success, reward yourself. But not with a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, try a new workout outfit or walking shoes as incentive to keep going.
Be accountable - Having a workout buddy who’s counting on you to show up can motivate you to stay on track.
Set realistic goals - It’s good to aim high, but when you set goals that you can’t reach, you’re more likely to give up. Start with a minimum standard that you know you’ll do and move it up as you improve and get more into it. Staying positive is key to making exercise a habit too.
Source: Steven Aitchison