What’s your excuse for not exercising? Working out in the gym might mot be for everyone, but there’s so many forms of exercising that there’s something for everyone! Unless serious illness prevents you which is an entirely different matter, there’s really no excuse, just do it!
Making exercise a daily priority. Having trouble fitting exercise into your busy life? Try these ideas to make fitness a daily priority and stay on track with your goals and health.
Whether it’s the holidays, overtime at work or you’re busy with kids, there’s always a rationale for putting exercise last, many times just excuses! However, the simple trick to getting in better shape and feeling confident about your fitness level is to make exercise a priority even when you’ve got a dozen other things to do. It can be done.
Yes, you can schedule daily workouts into your day planner or phone’s calendar, and you should if it’s a matter of reserving those times for exercise, but if you’re prone to skipping exercise already, you might need a stronger push in the right direction. To set a precedent for exercise, try these steps for making fitness a priority in your busy life.
Start your day off right
Your best bet is to exercise whenever your busy day allows it, but if you can plan on working out first thing in the morning. Getting exercise done early means you don’t have to worry about casting it aside later in the day if something throws you off course.
The later in the day it gets there’s likely to be many more reasons or excuses not to exercise. The more successful you feel about sticking to your workouts, the more you’ll want to keep up with that rewarding behavior.
Buddy up with a friend
When you’ve got one or more friends cheering you on and expecting you to show up and exercise with them, you’re less likely to blow off the workout. You wouldn’t want to stand up a friend or miss out on the social time of exercising together. While any supportive friend can make a good workout buddy, one who’s already motivated to exercise can help you jump-start the same habits and a similar mindset.
Priority by payment up front
Exercise is easier to skip when you’ve got nothing riding on it. That’s why laying down cash makes a lot of sense, financially and physically. Once you prepay for a personal trainer or an ongoing class or boot camp, you’ll want to get your money’s worth by showing up. Because if you don’t you forfeit the session and your hard-earned money. The trainer is already at the gym, so you need to be too.
It’s easy to get distracted and even easier to give up if we’re not seeing results as fast as we would like. The thrill of starting something new and challenging can dissipate over time if you don’t stick with your plan.
If your mind is strong, then your body will follow. Don’t let excuses and the afternoon munchies stand in your way of that body you’ve always dreamed of.
Look for windows of opportunity
There might be windows of opportunity for working out during times that you thought were out of bounds. For example, could you squeeze in a 10-minute DVD workout right before your morning shower? Is there a gym at the community center where your kids take dance, painting or martial arts classes?
Maybe you could drop in there for a quick workout while your little ones enjoy their own activities. You’ll get your exercise in and set yourself up as a role model of fitness for your kids. You don’t need to be in a gym for hours to get a worthwhile workout in.
We’re all guilty of throwing ourselves into some new fad workout; but then finding ourselves bored and itching for something new, again and again. It’s important to start off slowly with something that you know you like to do, such as running or even walking. The choice is yours.
If you have free time in the afternoon, head out for a nice jog or a brisk walk with a friend. Make your physical activity a time to have good conversation. This can help entice you to continue with your routine because you won’t view it as something you have to do, but rather something you want to do. Working out with a friend will be something that you look forward to.
Set Yourself Reasonable Goals
Going from zero to 60 is never a solid way to start a new routine, mainly because you’ll burn yourself out quite fast. It’s important to set realistic and reasonable goals that you know you can accomplish. For example, “I will wake up every morning at 4 a.m. and run 5-miles” is most likely not a practical task for anyone; and you don’t want to feel guilty for not meeting your goal. A reasonable goal in sight is the way to go and you’re sure to not be disappointed. Don’t run before you can walk, take it steady.
Designate Certain Days and Times
Plan to exercise at a certain time each day so it becomes a part of your schedule. If you know at two pm you have your favorite Pilates class, or made plans to meet a friend for an afternoon jog, stick with it. Planning your workouts ahead of time allows you to have something to look forward to and, like stated above; having a reasonable goal is essential in accomplishing them.
If you don’t set up some sort of plan, it’s easy to back down and procrastinate. But who wants to back down on their health? Schedule your activity by putting it in your phone, writing it on your fridge or even having a friend bombard you with annoying text messages until you get yourself going.
You’ll feel refreshed, invigorated and happy that you chose to dedicate an hour to yourself and health. The thought of exercising can be way worse than actually doing it.
Change It Up
Doing a steady 45 minutes on the elliptical can get boring, so it’s OK to change up your routine every few weeks to keep your workouts interesting. You don’t want to hit a fitness plateau and then give up all together. It can and does happen.
Enroll in a kickboxing class, lift heavier weights and alternate between a light jog and sprints for your treadmill routine. Also, don’t be afraid to take your workout outside of the gym. Mother nature offers more than enough resources for you to use in order to get a butt-kicking workout. Why not hike your local mountains, ride your bike around the park, run on the beach and take a tennis lesson at the local courts? If you keep your workouts exciting, you’ll probably never want to stop. The choice is endless.
Rewarding yourself is a great incentive to work out even harder, especially since it’s very easy to lose sight of your ultimate goal, and let’s face it, we all lack motivation at some point. Reward yourself for reaching a certain goal by getting a massage or purchase those new tennis shoes you’ve been dying to have. Little gifts for yourself can move you to do better and ultimately achieve more.
Try not to fall into the trap of rewarding yourself with cheat meals, junk food in other words. You`ll quickly get the taste again and find yourself wanting more. Do not be tempted as your body and mind will suffer.
Summary – Never Give Up
No matter the circumstance, never stop running towards what you want to achieve. A healthy lifestyle is forever, not something that happens for a year and then dissipates. If you’re taking control of your own body and health, stick with it.
It’s alright to have an off day, everyone does, it`s normal, but it’s important to fight through the stress, the long days and busy schedules. Push through your workouts and your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Fight for your right to be fit and fabulous by making exercise a daily priority.