Even when you love your workout routine, there are a lot of days in which you just don’t feel like doing it. You might be at your happiest as you walk briskly down the street breathing the fresh air and basking in the sunshine, but when it means that you need to drag yourself out of bed earlier or skip that half hour of TV, it can still be a tough sell.
If you’re finding that you’re struggling to keep up with your fitness program or you’ve let your workout routine slide over the last little while, then you might find the following tips very helpful in putting yourself back on track.
• Write it down – add it to your daily schedule as you would for any important task or appointment. This helps to solidify it in your mind as an important activity that needs to get done.
• Start small – if you’re having a hard time thinking about going out for a 45 minute walk, then promise yourself 15 minutes, to start. Build from there. As you see how easy it is to work a 15 minute walk into your schedule, then you will realize that it doesn’t become any more challenging to do 20 minutes, or 25. Soon, you’ll either be up to the amount that you want, or you’ll at least be getting yourself up and moving for some time instead of doing nothing at all.
• Break it up – if you can’t spare an hour of your time all at once, break it up. You can still benefit from a half hour walk and two fifteen minute walks, or two half hour walks. You might find that they feel far more achievable and will work themselves into your day much more smoothly.
• Get others involved – when you don’t want to let your buddy down by being the one to cancel the morning power walk, you’ll have far more drive to get up and moving in the morning. You’ll be providing your buddy with the same motivation, too. Time will also go by a lot faster when you’re exercising together, just because of the social element.
• Sign up for something – whether it’s a race, a fancy dinner, or an event, sign up for something that will occur on a specific date and for which you will want to have either reached a certain weight or a certain fitness level. Having that date ahead of you will continually remind you of the importance of getting out and moving now, instead of waiting for some other time.