How to Build Up to a Consistent Workout Schedule.
Apply these 4 tips to help focus your mind to workout regularly!
We’ve all been there. Tired of how your body feels, how uncomfortable your clothes have become, yet there’s zero motivation to actually get up and workout. And if you do? How long have you lasted before you become bored, unmotivated, or simply stop?
It can be hard to get your mind in the right place to workout regularly. You have busy lives between work, family, and trying to squeeze in a small slice for your own social life. But, as research has shown us, regular workouts can provide a longer life span, lower blood pressure, reduces the risk of illnesses and cancers, boosts your mood and energy levels, and countless other benefits.
Luckily, there are a few tips to help get you on the right track, so you can get your mind focused on achieving those fantastic, healthy results from consistent workouts before you’ve even started!
- Decide on Realistic Expectations
What results are you wanting? A slimmer body? Sculpting and toning your body? An overall healthier feeling from the inside-out? It’s important to decide, in detail, what the end result is that you expect to achieve. Picture this in your mind, that you’ve already accomplished it and how amazing you feel and look, and be sure to feel good about the image! If you don’t feel positive about what you desire, then make your goal shorter-term and with less detail until you can find that good-feeling place in order to believe that you can achieve this.
Sometimes, especially if you’re new to exercising or goal setting, the smaller and simpler the goal, the better. If you can’t believe you can achieve something, it won’t happen. Just pick whatever feels like the next logical step from where you’re at and go for it!
- Take Inspired Action
You don’t have to dive into an intense program if you aren’t even working out 3-4 times a week right now. And you don’t have to spend hundreds on a gym membership that you’ll hopefully use one day…
If you have the urge to workout or take some physical action towards your health and fitness goals, than do it without delay! Maybe it’s going outside for a walk, or getting up
a little earlier to workout before getting your kids off to school…whatever it may be, do it and it will get that momentum rolling in order to do it again tomorrow.
Like the saying goes, “A little goes a long way.”
- Tricky Nutrition
You’ve heard it all a thousand times. “Eat clean.” “Eat this, not that.” “If you eat that, you’ll need to spend hours at the gym just to burn it off.” And so on.
Yes, nutrition plays a huge part in the health and fitness level of your body, but sometimes we can place far too much pressure on it so it tends to make us step back a little and say, “Why even bother?”
You don’t have to cut out everything bad out of your diet from Day 1. That only sets you up for immediately failure after you didn’t stick to your meal plan by noon on Monday. There’s no need for you to feel like a failure for absolutely no reason.
Simply take baby steps, changing one healthy choice for one less healthy choice and again, this builds momentum as you feel more confidence in your “small” successes by these little changes. Then, every few days, or even every week, make another change in your diet and continue with this until you’re eating a healthy diet with only occasional treats.
- Enjoy Life!
You need to be having fun and enjoy life if you’re going to workout on a regular schedule. Let’s face it, if it feels like a chore, you won’t be doing it long. But, if you make your workouts fun, or give yourself a pep talk before your workout about how great you are and how much this next workout will benefit you, you’re more likely to stick with it for the long run.
Life is meant to be enjoyed and keeping fit and healthy is no exception. Slow down and enjoy every bite of your next meal and really taste the flavours. Pick workouts that you enjoy.
Soon, you will be looking forward to your next workout with anticipation!