Simple Habits for Fitness Success
When it comes to fitness, it’s all about consistency.
No matter what your starting point is, if you make the effort on a consistent basis to show up and do the work, your fitness level will improve.
On the other hand, if you do one super-hard workout but then don’t exercise again for a month, you’re not doing your body much good.
If you’ve made a decision to get in shape, but are struggling to get your workouts in, these three simple habits can help:
1. Schedule it!
Half the battle of getting into an exercise habit is simply showing up. If you tell yourself you’ll work out when you have more time or when you’re less tired, the reality is that it may never happen.
Instead, put some thought into you weekly schedule. Figure out a time when you can make it happen. If possible, choose specific days & times that you can stick to every week. For example, you go to exercise class every Monday – Friday at 7:00 am.
When your workout feels like part of your regular daily routine, it is more likely to result in a habit — something you do almost automatically, without having to think or struggle.
Note to AAY! Fitness Members: Stay accountable to your schedule by reserving your AAY! workouts in advance.
2. Reduce Barriers!
The fewer obstacles to forming your new habit, the more likely you are to be successful. Make it as easy as possible to say yes to a workout by getting prepared in advance.
If you’re a morning exerciser, get all your gear ready the night before. Lay out your workout clothes and shoes so they’re easy to slip into as soon as you wake up. Have your water bottle filled and your breakfast prepared & ready to eat. Place your keys, purse, wallet or anything else you’ll need near the door so you can easily grab them on your way out.
3. Focus on fun & community!
If you hate something, you’ll never make it a habit. Instead, find ways to make your workout routine enjoyable.
If you attend AAY! or any other fitness class, introduce yourself to others and find out what you have in common. (You may be surprised!) The friendlier you are with your classmates, the more fun & motivating your workouts will feel.
You can even expand your workout community by inviting friends, family or neighbors to join you. Having an exercise buddy will help you both stay consistent.
Remember, habit formation is a skill that requires practice.
Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a workout, but do make a conscious decision to re-commit to your fitness routine.
If you want to live a long, healthy & happy life, then you owe it to yourself to be nice to your body and treat it with respect.