So you made a New Year’s resolution to workout more and it’s already gone down the drain. The excitement of the New Year has faded and you are finding that the motivation to get into shape is gone. Now what? Don’t give up yet! Here are 5 ways to make working out a habit.
Set your intentions
Before you starting trying to add exercise into your daily life, ask yourself WHY you are doing this. What is it that is pushing you to work out every day? Is it because you want to be healthy for your children? Do you want to be more confident? Or do you simply want to fit into that old pair of jeans you used to rock? Whatever the reason may be, set your intentions beforehand and keep them in the back of your mind during each and every workout. This will be the fuel that will power you through even the hardest days.
Find a workout you enjoy
Working out doesn’t have to be something you dread everyday. If you are someone who hates running, then don’t do it! Find something that YOU enjoy and that you get excited about doing every day. If you love yoga, then sign up for all the yoga classes your heart desires. If you prefer biking, take a spin class or invest in a road or mountain bike of your own. The point is, there are plenty of ways to get exercise while having fun at the same time. Working out will never become a habit if you are trying to force yourself to do something that you hate every day. So, find what makes you sweat and smile at the same time and go for it!
If you work out one day and don’t eat any junk food, don’t expect to wake up the next day and see amazing results. Becoming a healthier version of yourself is a marathon, not a sprint. Results take time, but if you have patience and trust the process, the results WILL come. Do not lose motivation if after one week of diet and exercise you don’t see any major changes in the mirror. Often times, we will notice positive changes in our mental health before we start seeing any physical results. The mirror does not accurately reflect this. Setting unrealistic expectations for yourself will only cause you to lose motivation and give up. So, focus on how you FEEL rather than how you look.
Find and accountability partner
Being strong and independent is great. But sometimes relying solely on ourselves isn’t enough. It is important to have at least one person in your life who understands what you are trying to accomplish and will push you to finish even when you want to quit. Find someone who has similar goals as you do and make them your gym buddy. Check in with each other when you complete a workout and keep each other on track with healthy meals. Having someone by your side who can remind you why you started when you want to quit is one of the most important tools to making working out a habit.
Invest in workout clothes
Sometimes there is no motivation like a brand-new pair of tennis shoes or a cute new pair of leggings. Treat yourself to new workout clothes that you feel comfortable and confident in. New workout clothes are not only something that will motivate you to go to the gym, but they will also make you feel more confident when you get there.