Let’s get brutally honest. We’ve all read the research. We know that exercise is good for us. We even know that we’re supposed to exercise multiple times a week. But it just never seems that simple. Exercise requires willpower, time, and energy, and sometimes we just don’t have it. But if you’re ready to give it a shot, we have a few tips and tricks to starting a workout plan, and keeping with it.
Make your workout plan a fact of life. The absolute worst thing you can do is think of it as temporary or as a chore. Instead, think of your daily workout like you think of brushing your teeth, taking a shower, and getting your regular manicure. If you’re looking for to add some home exercise equipment, start here.
Map out your week. Okay, we all know that planning makes life a lot easier. On Sunday, sit down and make your workout plan for the week. Then, stick with it. Try this weekly workout plan checklist.
Schedule time. Just as you schedule meetings at work, or schedule appointments to visit the doctor, schedule your daily workout and then show up.
Find a buddy. Sticking with a workout plan is so much easier when you have someone else on the journey beside you. You don’t even have to workout together or live in the same state. All you have to do is keep each other accountable to your workout plan.
Ease in. Don’t just jump into one-hour daily runs, or two hours at the gym. Take it easy and slowly add in 10 or 15 minutes of workout every day. The, once it’s a part of your routine, you can increase your frequency and time. BodyBuilding.com has a great beginners training guide.
Be consistent. It’s best if you can choose the same time every day for your workout and the same location. We’re creatures of habit and the more you can make your workout plan a regular occurrence, the easier it will be to keep at it.
Reward yourself. Even if you’re initially adding exercise for health reasons or to lose weight, be nice to yourself. Give your body and mind something to look forward to if and when you stick with your program. And it doesn’t have to be food, give yourself a new book, a bold new lipstick shade, or an extra thirty minutes of TV time.
It’s possible to add a workout plan to your life. Just remember that if you struggle or fail, beating yourself up is the last thing you need to do. Celebrate all the little victories and then keep trying. You’ll get there!