Starting off new habits that last in time can be hard, especially for those living a busy life with responsibilities such as children, work or social events. When it comes to exercise, it’s important that we make it a part of our daily lives, for it to benefit our health. Here are 5 tips on how to make exercise a part of your daily routine, and finally stop telling yourself that you’ll “start on Monday”.
1. Make it a Priority
To create and maintain a work-out routine, it is essential that you make it a priority. One way to achieve this is to think about the reasons why you want to start exercising. If you write them down and place them somewhere visible, it will be easier for you to remember them and stick to your plan. For instance, you could leave a note on the fridge with a message along the lines of “I go for a run 3 times a week to improve my health”.
2. Join a Class or Hire a Personal Prainer
When you sign up to a class or you hire a personal trainer, you are no longer the only person you let down, if you decide to stay at home lying on the sofa. This might help you stick to your agreed work-out days. Plus, if it’s costing you money, you’re more likely to make yourself turn up. Joining a class can also help you gain confidence in the way in which you work out and will help you to enjoy the experience you do.
3. Find an Ally
Speak to someone you trust about your plans to create this new habit, so they can help you and hold you, if necessary. If they are into sports themselves, that’s a plus because they will be able to give you more specific advice. When you sign up to a class with someone whose routine is already established, you have less chances of failing.
4. Create a Workout Routine
Generally speaking, it will be easier to stick to your plan if you work out at the same time or on the same day of the week. For example, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8am. That way, you will be able to dedicate a specific part of your week to your physical health, instead of trying to fit it in your calendar gaps. Signing up to classes or having someone training with you, can also help you to create a routine.
5. Be Patient with Yourself
Don’t expect to love it, the first time you exercise and know exactly what to do in each moment. Be patient with yourself, so you can get comfortable with the activity you have chosen. You might also need some time to find the perfect sport, timings or trainer for you. You can always ask for help if you’re stuck, and someone will likely be willing to help you.