If you’re struggling to keep up the fitness momentum here’s three ways to make working out a habit
The New Year zeal for fitness may have worn off, but that doesn’t mean you need to leave your trainers under the stairs until next year. Instead of looking at exercising as something to be endured, try to work it into your life. By making it a habit instead of a means to an end, you’re more likely to stick with it. So, here’s three expert ways to make working out a habit.
Find a workout you love
This stands to reason. If you hate spinning you’re going to actively look for reasons to skip a class. If you hate the way you’re exercising then why would you keep it up long term? By finding a form, or forms, of exercise that you enjoy you’re more likely to stick with it. And to slot it in your daily routine. Likewise, exercising with a friend or finding a team sport you enjoy has shown better results than trying to go it alone. Which makes sense, it’s one thing to cancel a class when nobody will miss you. But if you’re cancelling on a friend or letting down a team you’re going to think twice.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match either. If you love boxing but also love yoga, then try to do both!
Call in the experts
PTs and fitness coaches are there for a reason. If you’re trying to work out alone and not seeing results, or not feeling progression then you’re less likely to keep it up. Book one or two PT sessions to discuss road blocks or to get some ideas on how best to progress your workouts. Yes, it can seem like an expensive outlay in the beginning but if it progresses you’re fitness regime from half bothered to fully committed then it’s worth while. Think of it as an investment in yourself, and your future health.
Variety is key
If you ate the same thing for dinner every day you’d get bored right? Well likewise with working out. If you try to do a cardio class three times a week you’re eventually going to learn the routines off by heart. And get bored. Variety is the spice of life in more ways than one, so mix up your workouts. Try new things. Try all the classes on offer in your gym, go along with a friend and see what floats their boat. Basically, push yourself outside your comfort zone and you might be very surprised by the results and the renewed interest it yields.