So you’d love to workout more, but you just can’t seem to find the time or motivation to actually do it?
If so, you’re not alone.
While most people understand the benefits of regular exercise, it can be a challenge to fit it into a busy schedule.
Usually, the hardest part is getting into a consistent routine, but there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make exercising daily that little bit easier.
Here are 5 tips to get you on the right track:
#1 Start Small and Build up Slowly
Too many people start with a burning desire to get fit and overdo it in the first few days.
All this does is set you up for injury and fatigue.
Instead, focus on making small changes and remember that fitness is a long term goal, not something you can achieve overnight.
In the beginning, it is more about getting exercise into your schedule than the actual activity you do.
Start with some easy workouts for 10 to 15 minutes per day and then add variety as you get more confidence and stamina.
#2 Choose Workouts You Enjoy
When you first start, it’s important you enjoy it, so pick the activities that you enjoy.
Everyone is different, and there’s no perfect fitness regime, so it’s a personal choice as to what suits you best.
If you spend the day dreading exercise time, it’s going to be that much harder to make the habit stick.
How about swimming, rock climbing, hiking or cycling?
#3 Schedule Your Workout
One of the best ways to make a change in routine permanent is by scheduling it at the same time every day.
Again, this is a personal choice.
Studies show that it’s not as important when your workout, just that you actually do it!
If you are a morning person, you might want to work it into your usual breakfast routine.
If you are often too rushed in the morning, or can’t get going so early, scheduling exercises into lunchtime or after work is a good idea.
Whatever works for you is best, but try to avoid leaving it too late when your energy levels are at the lowest.
#4 Set Yourself Achievable Goals
By setting achievable targets, you are giving yourself the motivation to keep going with your fitness program.
The key word here is achievable.
Setting your goals too high is only going to lead to disappointment when you fall short and will make it harder to persevere. Small targets every week is the way to go, remembering to reward yourself when you meet your goal.
#5 Rest if you need to
Another sure-fire way to slip out of a fitness routine is to force yourself through when you are tired or injured; the ‘no pain, no gain’ mantra.
A small amount of discomfort is tolerable, but if you feel you are not up to it one day, take a guilt-free break and pick up again the next day.
Remember to think long term, and make sure you enjoy your routines.
Just try not to take more than 2 days off in a row.
Adding exercise into your daily schedule is all about the long term benefit.
Starting small and making incremental changes gives you the best chance of succeeding and getting all the health benefits exercise provides.
But most of all, try to enjoy it! If you do that, it will all be so much easier and before you know it you’ll be in the best shape of your life.