You’re in a workout rut you say? Having a hard time getting motivated to get into the gym and actually workout?
Heck, what if you set a new years resolution to actually start working out? How do you start and create that habit? Here are a few ideas…
- Working out needs to become a habit just like brushing your teeth or eating. You don’t skip eating or brushing your teeth, do you? And why is that? Because if you did you would feel like something is missing…That is what we want to start happening with exercise.
- Set an appointment with yourself to workout. Put it on your calendar or set a reminder in your phone and don’t let yourself cancel. You owe it to yourself to go to that workout “meeting” and give it 100%. Odds are you avoid canceling work meetings or school pick-ups, so why let yourself cancel a workout appointment?
- Tell your friends/family about your workout plans and ask them to join in. You are more likely to stick to going to the gym if you have someone to meet there. You wouldn’t stand up a friend on a coffee date, so don’t do it on a gym date either! Having a workout buddy not only gets you to the gym, but it adds in that motivation factor that might be missing.
- If you can’t physically make it to the gym on any given day, then you can still find fun workouts to do at home! Slowly add equipment to your ‘home gym’ and carve time out of your day to workout. You can walk up and down the stairs, do squats, lunge across the kitchen, etc. Keep up with our Instagram page @foodforfuel.fff for easy at home workouts!
Let’s say you’ve been able to make working out a habit, but maybe it’s not fun anymore. Here are some tips to get back on track:
- Switch things up! Maybe you always run for your workout or you have been doing the same machine circuit for a while now and you’re bored. Try something new! Instead of running, try biking. Instead of using the machines, maybe seek out a personal trainer or take a workout class (think functional fitness classes, high intensity interval training classes)
- Sign up for a race or competition. Having a goal to train for pushes us to get to the gym and get our workouts in. When we have a goal, the best way to achieve it is to follow a training plan.
- If racing or competitions aren’t your thing, still set some goals for yourself. Spend 15 minutes and write down any and all fitness goals and think about how you can achieve them. Check out our blogs on accomplishing your goals Part 1 and Part 2 for inspiration and the how to.
- Find your WHY. WHY are you interested in working out to begin with? Do you want to set a good example for your kids? Do you want to look better now than you ever have? Do you want to live a long and healthy life? Determine your WHY and write them down with your goals.
It’s easy to let the chaos of life get in the way of the of your workout regimen. We hope that with some of these tips you are able to re-establish a workout routine and stick with it! After all, you owe it to yourself, family and friends to take advantage of that wonderful endorphin release from exercise!