There are a few things you can start doing to form the habit.
- Pick a time...and stick to it
When you pick a time to workout and you stick to it you are bound to form the habit faster. When you workout at different times of the day, each and every day, it’s harder for your body to get into a routine. Think about it. When our alarms go off each morning for work, or school, or whatever reason we have our alarm set, we get up and get out of bed and do what it is we need to do. Our body is in a routine. Some of our daily habits are so routine we can find ourselves operating on autopilot. Pick a time you knowingly can commit to and show up.
1a. Exercise in the Morning
How many times have you missed a workout later in the day due to having a bad day at work, or being invited out for drinks? Getting your workout out of the way in the morning removes these excuses for missing a workout in the evening. Workout before work to relieve stress and tension and to face the day with confidence. If you can get through a workout that is not only physically grueling, but mentally as well you can get through the work day.
2. Love the Process
You need to truly love what you are doing. Love the fact you are doing something great for you health and body. Be positive. The moment we let negativity or fear control us is the moment we start to lose control. If it’s a chore it won’t last. Stop thinking about how much the workout is going to suck or how hard it’s going to be and start thinking about how you are going to get through it. Think of the positives. Be positive. Fall in love.
3. Get Your Mind Right
We need to start thinking long term. There is no quick fix to a healthier lifestyle. None. So when you see promises of changing your whole life in 30 days...run.
We have grown accustomed to getting what we want quite fast, and it’s no wonder we expect amazing results the next day. Well, this is where you need to change your mindset. Accept it will take time to reach your goals. Accept the fact you will need to change some bad habits. Habits you’ve probably done for years. Ones so ingrained that they will take willpower to overcome and remove from your life.
It’s not easy and it’s not fast. It’s progressive. Over time if you stick to it you will feel and see the results.
With these three (technically 4!) things in mind you will be on your way to sticking to your exercise routine. Which leads us to ask why it’s so hard to stick to a routine, even if we have a plan?
The number one reason, in my mind, an exercise routine is a difficult habit to form. It takes some dang effort. Effort to get up out of your comfortable bed to go and get uncomfortable. To sweat, to feel your muscles “burn.” It takes effort because you know the next day it doesn’t get easier. You still have to work hard. It’s not an easy habit to take on. Not by a long shot.
It’s easy to think about exercising, but actually doing it...
When you get up in the morning there is no Rocky theme song. No montage. It’s you and your real life. Facing the real world. Getting up out of bed and finding the strength to workout when you know it could be so easy to sleep just like everyone else.
Sleeping for thirty more minutes would be so nice…
Yet you get out of bed and you do it.You’re living proof it can be done. Even though it’s not celebrated on television, or at work, or even at home...you need to celebrate in your own way. You are doing something which takes dedication, discipline, sacrifice...because you are going to have to make changes in your life to make living a healthier lifestyle actually work. It’s not short term. It’s long term.
Once you stick with it and you start to feel and see changes in your health and body you will love, appreciate, and respect yourself more because you are taking care of yourself. You will fall in love with the process of forming your new habit. Challenging yourself has become something you’ve become used to and it’s now enjoyed.
If you commit, love the process, and understand hard work is involved you will be unstoppable.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
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