If you have not been very consistent with your work routine, you are not alone. Here are 8 tips on how to create your workout routine a habit.
It is so easy to come up with excuses and allow them to win. But when you create exercising a habit, it becomes a non-negotiable activity. When creating habits, it is more mental than physical. It’s your mind you have to convince. Your body is capable of doing whatever you set your mind to.
Here are my top 8 tips on how to make your routine a habit:
Schedule your workouts
Add your workouts to your calendar. When you schedule them, you have already carved out the time in your day and your mind.
Set up a reminder
Setting a reminder on your phone will help you stay on top of your schedule and remind you that you have your workout to get to.
When you start a workout routine, you want to start small and slow. You do not need to overwhelm yourself. When you start with small goals, they are seen as more attainable.
Setting goals for yourself will help you stay accountable. Set goals that are important to you and identify why they are so meaningful.
When you identify your WHY the goals you set will be hard to give up on them.
Prepare the day prior
Prepare your gym bag the day before. Set it by your door, so you can run and grab it on your way out. When you prepare, it’s hard to not show up for yourself because it’s difficult to come up with excuses.
Don’t think about it
Don’t allow your mind to think about it. You just get dresses and go because if you think about skipping your workout or just tell yourself how tired and lazy you are, you will end up going straight home. When you try to convince your mind not to show up, it will win.
Schedule your rest days
Schedule your rest days too. You know what your schedule looks like, so schedule your rest days on your busier day or when your body needs it. Listen to what your body is telling you. You can also do an active rest day, where you skip your workout routine and go for a walk or do a sport. Something you enjoy that will still get your body moving.
Don’t skip your workout
When creating your workout routine a habit, the one thing you don’t want to do is allow yourself to make an excuse to skip your workouts. If you schedule them, you will show up.
If you allow yourself to skip a workout, it will be easier to skip again next time. This is why it is so important to stick to your schedule and create your physical activity a habit.
Take it day by day and it will get easier!