Three Ways to Make Fitness a Routine in Your Life
While working out can be a pain, at least at first, once you are fit, you will find that your lifestyle is dramatically improved. You may think that you don’t have the time for fitness, what with a full time job, a family, and a house to take care of, but the truth is that you will find the time to take care of the things that you set as your priorities. These three steps may help you incorporate fitness into your life as a discipline — even if you already have a set workout routine, these tips may help you stay even more disciplined.
Every day, you should have one activity written down. It might not be the same activity, but it should be something that you can do regularly. That way, even if you only work out for 30 minutes each day, you’ll make progress towards fitness. It might just be 50 pushups and 50 crunches; the next day, make sure to do something aerobic. Regularity is the key.
Keep a journal of all your activity — where you run, when you run, and how long you run for. This will help you build the discipline of consistency, as having a steady record will encourage you when you feel like it’s time to take a break for a while. When you’ve been working out for three months or so, looking back will show you your progress.
Build a routine so that the times and places of your workout are more regular. This will make exercise easier to fit into your schedule, and less susceptible to changes in other areas of your life. If you’re always at the gym at 5:30 AM, for example, it’s not likely that other areas will interfere with that, and you’ll get your workouts in more regularly. Also, you may meet people with the same interest as you, and develop a group of workout buddies who will keep you accountable and focused on increasing your fitness. This will make it harder to sleep in on a morning when you’re feeling lazy.
The hardest thing about a workout program is maintaining consistency. Gyms are full in January and February, while people still remember their New Year’s resolutions. After that, though, the gyms empty out, because most people don’t stick with their plans, and they get lazy — and they lose all the results they had developed. That doesn’t have to be you. Instead, you can find the discipline and the organization to make and maintain a schedule that you can keep. The benefits of this will be lifelong.
It takes organization and planning to make fitness a dedicated part of your life. If you do, the rewards will last a lifetime, and you’ll avoid the health problems that hit after middle age when you haven’t kept fit. Use the three steps above to help you get started in making — and keeping — a commitment to fitness. You can do it.