“I want to lose weight but I don’t want to workout or I am too lazy to”
I’m sure those lines may sound familiar. If they do, this should be a MUST read article
Here are 7 habits to help you create an exercise plan you can stick with to help lose the excess weight and enjoy a healthier version of yourself!
1. Ensure you choose an enjoyable workout
Maybe one of the reasons that your previous workout routines have failed is because you did not enjoy the activity you were doing and you started to see the routine as more of a task, instead of a fun activity that you’re excited about.
If you pick an activity that you actually want to do, you will start to look forward to that activity and be more likely to stick with it and keep a positive attitude about working out.
Some ways to help you choose an activity you like are to:
- Try a different workout every week and see which one you enjoy most, or notice which parts of the exercises that you prefer doing.
- Ask your friends and family members what they like to do; maybe they have an opinion on what you might like based on your personality.
- Think of ways you can make your workout more enjoyable (go with a friend, choose your favorite gym)
2. Take baby step
If you have not worked out in a while, setting tough goals for your daily workout routine might make you feel overwhelmed and become less motivated. It’s important to start small.
There’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps and accomplishing a few small goals before moving on to bigger goals.
A few small wins can help you motivate yourself as it is more important to stay motivated than to focus on the length of time of your workout. Ensure motivation is in place, then you can work on elongating your workout session.
3. Set Goals for your daily workout plans
Set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. Like I pointed out earlier, it’s important to start small. Start with one small daily goal and once you are accomplishing those goals, move on to the weekly, monthly and yearly goals.
Setting specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound goals will make establishing the habit easier. Once you’ve written your goals down with a pen and paper, you will be able to visibly see what needs to happen and think of a plan on how to get there.
It’s also important to track your progress daily. If you missed your workout because you had no other choice, write it down and don’t get down on yourself. If you missed your workout because ‘you didn’t feel like it’ then it’s time to set even smaller goals or find out why your motivation is lacking.
4. Incorporate your workout into your daily routine
It’s important to make exercise a part of your schedule and not just an afterthought or something you will do when you have free time. You need to make it a priority and add it to your daily to-do list. It should be just as important as brushing your teeth or eating.
You can use your phone or workout apps to schedule alerts and reminders. This way, your phone will automatically remind you every day that it’s time to workout.
If you’re not using an app, then mark your calendar with a big red circle for workouts that need to be completed and a big red X for the workouts that you’ve already completed. Using a calendar is a great visual reminder of your progress and will encourage you to keep on going with your daily workout routine.
You can even dedicate a calendar for workouts only. You can pick up a new calendar and put it in a place that you can’t miss. Keep it and a marker in an easily accessible and visible place and then you will have no excuses to miss a workout.
5. Workout with A Helpful Support System
There’s no rule that says you have to workout alone!You can decide to have a support system (online or offline). Find an exercise friend or group that you can talk to and who is just as dedicated (or even more) as you. If you workout with a friend or a group, it will force you to show up, since you won’t want to leave your friends hanging.
When working out with a friend, you will find that you are more willing to push yourself. It gets more competitive and nobody likes losing. A little competitiveness, a few laughs and the satisfaction of finishing your workout will make your workout time more fun and bring your friends closer together.
You should also try to look for a friend who is at the same physical level and has the same goals as you. You don’t want to limit yourself and do less work than you could be doing. You should push yourself to your limits so that you and your friend get better physically as time goes on.
6. Take breaks
When you have finally settled into your daily exercise routine, make sure that you don’t commit all of your time to working out, as over-training can be dangerous and cause long-term muscle injuries and physical overexertion can affect all aspects of your life.
It’s important to give yourself a day off so your body can rest and come back stronger. If you’re stuck in your routine and don’t want to take the day off because you think it will get you off track, then try doing less strenuous physical exercise like swimming or stretching.
7. Stay committed
When coming up with a daily workout plan, the most important tips to keep in mind are to get motivated, stay motivated and make a promise to yourself to commit. If you want to live a long, healthy and happy life and curb diseases and life-threatening illnesses then you owe it to yourself to be nice to your body and treat it with respect it deserves. These tips will help you get started, but you are the only person who can actually do the work.
Remember a healthier life is a happier life. Health is wealth!