If you are conscious about your health like I am, you are constantly trying to fit an exercise program into your busy lifestyle. Whether you are just starting a fitness program or struggling to find the right one, this article is for you. There are hundreds if not even thousands of training regiments for all lifestyles and all levels. There are so many that a regular person can rightfully be easily confused. Below, I will share the tools that helped me sustain my fitness habits and also help you to choose an exercise program right for you:
1) What do you like?
For your fitness goals to become a reality, you need to establish what physical activities you enjoy and associate your exercise program with that. You are most likely to achieve your fitness goals if you like what you are doing. Not only will you work harder, but you will also find more time for it. For example: If you are an outdoor person, make sure biking, hiking or jogging are among your fitness routine; if you like combat sports, sign up for boxing/kickboxing classes.
“Quick tip. Whatever you do (exercising, work, relationships, habits, diets, etc.), if you cannot sustain it for the rest of your life, you’re most likely going to drop it.”
2) When do you like it?
To accomplish your fitness goals, you need to establish when you have the most energy during the day. You are most likely to stick with an exercise program if you have the energy for it. If you think you’ll do better in the morning, make time for your exercise in the AM and do it sooner rather than later. By postponing it until later, you have a high chance of NOT exercising due to other priorities.
“Quick tip. You’ll always know what time you wake up but will not always know when you’re done with work for the day.”
To achieve your fitness goals, like any other goal, you need to have a structure in place. For example: Make sure you always have a gym bag in your car. You never know when you’ll get an hour free during lunchtime and want to exercise. Every morning (or the night before), when you’re looking ahead to your day, try to fit in (find time for) an exercise routine. If you make a habit out of it, eventually you’ll exercise 4/5 times per week.
“Quick tip. If you have a hard time getting motivated to exercise, think of all the reasons you SHOULD exercise rather why you shouldn’t.”
Take a pen and paper and write down your top 5 priorities and see if exercising is one. Your exercise program must be one of your daily priorities to achieve your fitness goals. You are most likely going to take care of your priorities every day, and you’ll end up leaving everything else for later.
“Quick tip. If you have a hard time doing something nice/healthy for yourself, think about how much your loved ones could benefit from you being healthy and happy.”
Every time you engage in an exercise program, you need to be specific about how long your training will take. Allow between 30 and 45 minutes for your exercise routine. That way, you will lock that time in and will let no distractions pull you away. Also, by knowing the length of your workout, it will be easier to find time (get organized) during your busy daily routine.
“Quick tip. How much time are you spending watching TV (or reading a book or surfing the internet) every day? If you do any of these activities, then you can easily find some time for exercising.”
6) Get support
It’s easier to engage in an exercise routine if you have a buddy to workout with. Ask any of your friends to join you; they will appreciate your initiative and will thank you for the motivation. Also, they will hold you accountable if you try to flake out of your exercise.
“Quick tip. If you don’t know anyone that wants to exercise, take your Ipad/Ipod with you. You’ll be surprised by how fast the time passes while listening to some music or watching your favorite show.”
7) Hire a personal trainer
Last but not least, hire a personal trainer; it’s an investment you will benefit from for the rest of your life. Besides the fact that a fitness trainer will help you stay motivated and keep your workouts fresh, interesting, and safe, a trainer will also hold you accountable if you try to skip a training session.
“Quick tip. Exercising is the only investment that will always pay its dividends.”
These are a few tools I use to keep my fitness regiment on track. I hope this will help you to accomplish your fitness goals and keep you motivated. Thank you and good luck.