Do you love the idea of exercise?
Perhaps you can totally “see” yourself running a marathon some day.
Trouble is, getting started can be a real test.
Researchers tell us, however, that those who exercise, are healthier, more energetic, think more clearly, sleep better, and are less depressed.
Another wonderful bonus to exercising regularly, is that it actually boosts your energy levels.
So, rather than flopping down on the sofa when you start to feel tired, squeezing in a short workout can make a significant difference to how you feel.
But, even if you admit you would feel much better if you exercised regularly, it can be extremely difficult to make this a regular habit, so that it becomes part of your lifestyle.
So, how can you make exercise part of your daily routine?
7 Steps To a Regular Exercise Routine:
1. Stop kidding yourself
Just because you were a running champ in high school doesn’t mean you are in shape now.
When you tell yourself “I don’t have time to exercise” or “I’m not that unfit,” you are only kidding yourself. So stop it… now! And, start being truthful with yourself.
2. Always exercise on Mondays
Why a Monday?
Well, it sets the pattern for the week ahead, so you get off on the right foot, so to speak. This is an excellent way to begin your week.
3. Workout first thing in the morning
We’ve all been there, when you miss a morning workout, and despite having the best intentions to exercise later in the day, as the hours wear on, you keep finding more and more excuses to skip your workout.
But, by working out first thing, you get it over and down with, and it’s nice to get something ticked off your to-do list so early in the day.
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” ~ Ben Franklin
Read 5 Benefits of Mornings Workouts for more tips.
4. Never skip exercising two days in a row
It’s okay to skip one day, but the following day you must exercise, no matter how inconvenient it is for you.
Try to make this one of your new rules.
5. Make the effort
When you feel ambivalent to exercise, I challenge you to put on your training shoes, and tell yourself to do at least 10 minutes.
If you want to, you can quit after that.
Nine times out of ten you’ll find you don’t want to quit once you’ve made the effort to begin.
Starting is the more difficult part. But you can do it.
6. Ask yourself why you don’t like exercise
Perhaps it’s about the type of exercise you are trying to do. Or, maybe you don’t enjoy working out at the gym. Perhaps the cold climate puts you off. Or, you simply need to bring along your favorite music to motivate you.
Whatever it is, you can work around these issues, and find something much more enjoyable.
7. Realize that every little helps
While I do believe that consistent effort is needed for long-term results, this doesn’t mean that when you don’t have much time one day, that you should skip your workout altogether.
If you can only make 15 minutes, that’s better than no workout at all.
Now, I am going to take some of my own advice on this one, and get going with these steps myself…
Best wishes all!