5 ways to create a workout routine that you will love to do.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Ryun
One of the biggest obstacles to start or maintain a physical activity program must be with something that I call fitness resistance — the hesitation to welcome fitness in our lives as a permanent workout routine or program.
Make Fitness a Habit
How hard is it to change your underlying habits?
In fact, it is human nature to simply return to the comfort of our usual routine.
This means that making fitness a sustainable behavior requires a bit of thoughtful effort and some preparation.
The first thing to note is that once you start an exercise routine, a complementary approach is better than going for goal.
One or two exercises that left tired and exhausted are not enough to achieve your goal, and they might just discourage you from getting into a fitness routine.
Let’s say you’re trying to get into the habit of exercising. Laying out your athletic tools the night time earlier than might be an instance of a cue.
Following a easy exercising routine, that’s amusing and efficient and suits inside your time table might be an instance of a craving.
Training at home, or choosing a fitness center that is close to home as feasible might be an instance of response.
The goal is to train your brain to crave the reward, and with it the new exercise routine. If you stick to this routine, you will develop great habits and lasting results over time.
“Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Enjoy the process and be proud of every step you take toward reaching your goal.” — Benjamin Mumme
5 ways to create a workout routine you’ll love.
When it comes to developing a long-term exercise habit, what can you do to increase your chances of success? Here are five ways to create a workout routine that you’ll love to follow.
1. Integrate your workout into other routines.
Aside from starting small, it’s a good idea to fit your workouts into other routines.
If you already have a good morning routine, see if there’s room for movement. If you have an after-work routine, try to include some physical activity at that time.
2. Create SMART Goals.
Fitness can mean something from specific to specific people. As you build your fitness habits, set specific goals about what being fit means to you.
A goal like “be fit” is too general. Instead, you want to create goals that are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, time-bound sensitive (SMART).
When you reach your goals, set new ones that will take you further. Goals are a great way to stay on track over the long term.
3. Set Short-Term Tasks.
Once you have set your specific goal, you also have something concrete to work toward. However, if it takes you a few months to reach your goal, however it can be difficult to maintain your momentum.
It’s helpful to set short-term tasks that support your long-term goal. These short-term tasks are like little checkpoints you can use to keep up as your fitness habits evolve.
4. Keep Yourself Accountable
You should never underestimate the power of responsibility. This can be a fitness trainer, a friend, or a family member.
Having someone you know is a great way to avoid getting into a rut with your new fitness routine.
5. Set a Realistic Starting Point.
If you’re trying to build a fitness habit then it’s easy to get carried away. You might plan to workout every next week or next month.
But if that means starting workouts all over again every day, then you might be setting unrealistic expectations.
Don’t start too intensely or you’ll end up injuring yourself and falling off the bandwagon into your new routine for a week.
6. Find a Workout You Love.
If you participate in activities that you enjoy, you are more likely to continue doing them. If you don’t like your current exercise routine, you probably won’t be able to stick with it.
On the other hand, if you find a workout you love, then you’re more likely to turn that routine into a sustainable habit.