One of my main goals is to make it fun for women to prioritize regular physical activity in their lives. We know that even just 10 minutes of exercise a day can make a big impact on your physical and mental well-being. One of the most critical aspects of feeling good from movement, though, is consistency. Consistency is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
If you are trying to learn how to stay consistent with working out, just know it isn’t always easy to workout every day. We all have days where we have a jam-packed schedule, the day gets away from us, or we simply just don’t want to workout. It is my goal to make your fitness journey manageable and enjoyable, even on those challenging days.
1. FIND A WORKOUT YOU LOVE
I know that it seems obvious, but it is so important to find a workout you look forward to doing. If you aren’t excited to do your workout, it will be much more difficult to follow through with it. Looking forward to and loving your workout will make it easier to maintain a consistent workout schedule.
2. FIND A WORKOUT BUDDY
Community and connection are a big part of life, and they extend to working out! Whether you find community through workout classes or schedule time to workout with your bestie (online or at home), finding workout buddies helps to hold us all accountable. Showing up for both your buddy and yourself makes it easier to get the workout session done on days when you’re just not feeling it.
3. TRY A SHORTER WORKOUT
I am a big fan of shorter workouts or mini workouts. On days when I really don’t feel like working out, I take a deep breath and tell myself that I can commit to just 12 minutes of movement. Every single time I do half of one of my 25 minute shorter workouts, I feel so much better. I usually end up finishing the 25 min workout OR saving the rest for later since my energy levels are so much better!
4. STREAMLINE DECISION MAKING
I am a big advocate for making things easy. I personally like to workout in the morning (when I teach), so I set out my workout clothes the night before so I don’t have to think about picking an outfit first thing in the morning. You can also set out your mat, weights, and have your iced coffee ready to go in the fridge so you don’t have to think about those things, too!
5. SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
As you embark on your fitness journey, consider setting smaller, realistic goals on the way to your ultimate fitness goal. Instead of focusing solely on the end result, try shifting your focus to small victories, such as improving your workout consistency or increasing your strength. These smaller goals can act as stepping stones on your path to a healthier lifestyle, providing you with a sense of achievement along the way. Remember, the key to developing a consistent workout routine is building a workout habit. Consistency is the secret ingredient to reaching any fitness goal. Incorporating regular workout routines into your weekly workout plan can greatly assist in creating this habit. Don’t forget, it’s your journey, and it’s not about perfection, but about steady progress. Enjoy each step along the way and embrace the accomplishment of showing up for yourself!
6. CHOOSE MOVEMENT!
Even if we use all of these hacks to stay consistent, there are still going to be days where we just don’t have the energy to workout- and that’s okay! On these days, it is important to remember that movement doesn’t need to be a structured workout. Choosing to take a walk to grab a coffee, parking further away in the parking lot during your day of errands, and taking a break from work to do some stretching all help!
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