7 Steps To a Regular Exercise Routine

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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.

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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!

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Comments 15

  1. cathy in NZ

    I currently do it in the morning for the exact reason that you use “get it over and done with” and no other time really exists in a regular timeframe…

    I am still not pushing on to greater kilometers as my main point right now was to get the ‘hurry fitness’ in better shape. It’s working twice this week I had to sprint down the train platform and I DID not go fast but I still managed to keep up a steady pace and I wasn’t as Breathless when I sat down – yipee!

    However, I do have to tailor it with certain things which at times makes it that I miss a few mornings. Today, I missed because I thought I was going to be out all day until I relooked at my schedule and realised I could stay home but by then it was getting hot…(I have been out for a short walk to get some food supplies though)

    I have everything ready, clothes wise so I’m not searching for anything that I wear. I have dedicated clothing, even sox and I never wear my regular walking shoes (even though they are quite suitable)

    I have to wear boots all the time, due to balance problems but that’s ok 🙂

    BTW Melanie, I have got the weighing scales fixed – it was indeed in need of a new battery!! So now I don’t have to think too much into whatever the scales say…

    1. Melanie

      Good news about the scales, Cathy. Also, I like your idea of having your clothes ready before you go to get changed for your workout, I’m always telling people that one, and glad to hear it works for you!

  2. The Fitness Enthusiast

    This is very good advice. I always stress two things:

    1. The Importance of Confidence

    2. You have to continue to educate yourself on ways to Shed Fat …It makes you more accountable the more you know. You ask yourself, why would I read all this to not use it?

    Now with that said, one thing I like to do to keep my exercise routine regular is to have a consistent list of music that I enjoy listening to, sometimes its really hard to go workout, but listening to the right song changes everything!

  3. Paul

    Fantastic tips here. A quote I recently read springs to mind, which I’ve now forgotten, but essentially said that motivation often only comes about AFTER we’ve started whatever it is we’re trying to do, which sounds unintuitive but it’s so true!

    You know you have to exercise, so you have to stop thinking about it and just do it. Do it often enough and soon you find motivation for it and then finally it becomes a routine.

    I think the message behind that quote was closely related to many of the tips you’ve shared here, that basically you should exercise first thing (which doesn’t give you time to talk yourself out of it) and do it often enough, even if only a little at a time, that it starts to feel enjoyable and finally becomes routine.

    Oh, and happy new year!

    1. Melanie

      Hi Paul,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love your comment about getting on with the exercise, and how it will finally become routine 🙂

  4. Susan@Home Workouts

    Hey Melanie, awesome tips. I find that for one of my weight loss clients to actually stick to a plan they really need to have their own reason – their own internal motivation to reach their goal.

    For example, my 2 best success stories are from one person getting in shape for their wedding and another for their 20 year high school reunion. Cases that weren’t as successful were those that just wanted to lose a few pounds because…..
    .-= Susan@Home Workouts´s last blog ..Plant Based Diet An Actual Cure For Cancer =-.

    1. Melanie

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks for your comment… I wonder what happened after your clients school reunion and wedding — do you think they kept the weight off?

  5. Albert

    Hi, Melanie. Your posts rock, as usual. I think another great way you can make exercising interesting is by working out with a buddy. Choose some one who is fun, energetic and you will never skip your exercise routine ever again!

  6. Alex@car hire kuala lumpur

    Good and interesting post! Today with our busy lifestyle we hardly find time to exercise but if you are really serious about your health in long run you can not ignore exercise at any cost. Health is wealth!

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