Making exercise a priority in your life is sometimes easier said than done. Life is busy and it’s easy to get sidetracked with distractions. I used to feel like I was constantly starting a new fitness routine, and then a month or two later I’d find myself skipping workouts, making excuses, and forcing myself to start all over again. Eventually I realized I had to make being active a habit.
Active Habit #1: Do a variety of activities.
Variety is the spice of life, right? Apply that to your active life. I found that when I focused solely on one activity, like running every day, I got bored and fell out of it quickly. Do your best to mix things up and keep it interesting for yourself. I like to alternate between running, yoga, and weight training. Added bonus: When you’re constantly changing things up, it keeps your body from getting used to the same old routine, forcing it to work a little bit harder.
Active Habit #2 Find a workout buddy.
Having someone to be accountable to makes it harder to skip a workout. You’re not just letting yourself down, you’re leaving your friend in the lurch. Don’t be afraid to get creative if you’re having trouble finding a workout partner with a similar schedule. My dogs are my running buddies. They’re always free, ready to go for miles, and post-run they’re too tired to get into trouble.
Active Habit #3: Make it a priority.
Do your best to make exercise a non-negotiable part of your life. Yes, work and family will likely still come first, but make a conscious effort to put working out in your top five priorities. I find writing it down in my calendar, just as I would schedule in a work meeting or doctor’s appointment, makes it easier to make sure it happens.Make exercise non-negotiable and a priority. It will become a habit. #motivation #letsmove Click To Tweet
Active Habit #4: Set a regular time and stick to it.
If hitting the gym at the crack of dawn is working for you, great. Or maybe you prefer to go to a class after work. Whatever the case, find a time of day that works best for your schedule and be consistent with it.
Active Habit #5: Walk more!
Getting a full-blown workout in isn’t always possible, and that’s ok. Find ways to sneak more walking into your life and you’ll find yourself being active without it feeling like a chore. Live close to the grocery store and need to pick up a couple things? Walk! Need a quick mental break from work? Talk a walk around the block.
Active Habit #6: Log your progress.
Recognize and appreciate the progress you’re making. This doesn’t just mean the number on the scale or the inches of your waistline. You might find yourself less out of breath after climbing a set of stairs. Your favourite jeans may fit a little bit better. Keep a journal of how being active is improving your life, physically, and mentally. It’ll help motivate you to keep going.
Active Habit #7: Reward yourself.
Set reasonable goals, like working out three to four times a week, and reward yourself when you’ve accomplished them. Try not to go overboard and counteract your hard work with a huge meal, but a little indulgence is allowed. My favourite is a glass of wine and a little dark chocolate. And it doesn’t have to be a food reward. Let yourself splurge on a new item of clothing. I love treating myself to new workout gear because it tricks me into working out more just so I can show it off.