No one of us is born as the most disciplined sports person – or at least only very few. It is great that you have decided to lead a healthier lifestyle and get this exercising going! But once you have started, how can you make it a routine? It might seem really tough but I know that you can make exercising part of your everyday life! Check out my tips and maybe you might not even realize that you are actually exercising in the end. 😉
1. Always remind yourself of your goals.
Once you have set your goals, always remind yourself of them. It is important to know every day, WHY you are doing this. There are many ways to do that. I have sticky notes on my door and I have them on the first page of my diary. One of my friends carries a key chain that always reminds her of her goals. There are really no creative boundaries here.
2. Find the training that is best for you.
There is no reason to force yourself into a certain type of sports that you do not enjoy at all. This is a guarantee for never establishing a routine. I used to attend a certain class because my friends liked it but I dreaded going to the gym for it. Very soon, I gave in. But as soon as I found a workout that I actually enjoyed it was quite easy to make it a habit because I looked forward to it.
3. Use some tunes you love.
Music can have an amazing effect on your motivation. Have your favourite tunes on your phone to make the most of your workout. I always look forward to my favourite songs while exercising.
4. Find others who motivate you.
A great way to establish a routine is to set dates with someone for exercising. Then you are less likely to cancel. Furthermore, I am usually more motivated when I see others around me who can do the exercises and have so much fun.
5. Know and accept that there are ups and downs.
Exercising is like a rollercoaster. You will have great days and you should enjoy them. But there are also lows – those days when you do not want to wake up for your workout or when you just cannot see any success for a certain period of time. These lows are perfectly normal. The important thing is that you know that you are in a low phase and think about strategies what you could do. Would it help to change your exercise habit? Or would a different location for your workouts help? And on some days, it is just not meant to be. You need to accept that as well. On such a day, you could settle for a walk or a stretching session.