Updated: Oct 13, 2020
How many times have you started a workout program?
How many times have you fallen off?
How many times has this cycle repeated itself?
Trying to create a change in our lives is hard. Sticking to that change consistently for a long period of time is even harder.
All that being said, it is possible.
In this article I am going to lay out a way for you to consistently stick to your plan. It will help so that you can see the results at the end of the journey and gain confidence in your body and in yourself.
So where do you start?
First things first. You need to find a form of exercise that you actually enjoy.
When you are first starting out, throw the word “optimal” in the trash. It has no place when first trying to start something new. This stage is all about falling in love with being active.
You like yoga? Do it.
You like lifting like a bodybuilder? Do it.
You like doing the fitness classes where you work the pole like a stripper? Highly recommend it.
Now that you have the exercise that you enjoy, the next step is to make it easy to implement. We are amazing at filling our schedules. It may be filled with Netflix and video games, but your schedule is still full.
This means we need to make time. The easiest way to make time is to minimize or get rid of time wasted.
This could mean reducing time in the car or traveling in general. When the gym is more than 10 minutes away, it then takes a serious chunk out of the day. So the closer the better.
Next, try reducing time on Netflix or video games.
I know. I love Peaky Blinders and Call of Duty as much as the next guy. But some small sacrifices have to be made. One episode of Peaky Blinders or Tiger King is around 1 hour. This hour could be used to work out. You don’t have to give it up completely. Just an episode or 2 a week.
Another way to save time is to link 2 activities together.
Lets say your kid has a class or baseball practice that they need to be dropped off at. That can be your workout time. Instead of wasting time going to the field, going home, going back to the field, and going back home, you can fit the gym in the middle if it is close enough to the practice.
The third thing you could do, to improve your chances of success, is to get a training partner.
It is easy to quit on ourselves. It’s much harder to quit on someone else.
The best training partners have similar goals, or have been where you are right now.
Find a friend, family member, or a random person at the gym or in class if you think they would be game. You can not only enjoy your own success, but also get to celebrate theirs too.
When you put all three of these methods together it greatly improves your chances of sticking to your workouts.
When you have an active lifestyle and keep this habit you won’t just lose weight. You will also be more productive throughout the day at work and at home. You will see improvements in sleep quality from pushing yourself throughout the day. When all of this is added up you then will be more confident in yourself to be the person you want to be.
Now that you have all the tools you have three things to do.
Find exercise that you enjoy
Find a workout partner
Get to work!