If you are following me on Snapchat (Osbiebeauty) you know that I’ve been really into health and fitness lately . Not only exercise is a good way to stay fit and feeling full of energy, it’ll also help you live a long, healthy and active life. But as much as I love working out but sometimes it’s a bit hard to get motivated, so here are 5 tips that help me keep a consistent workout schedule (even when I’m really busy). Hope they’ll be helpful to you too.
1. Do shorter workouts: You don’t need to spend a lot of time at the gym (or working out) to get the shape you want! All you really need is 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training, to get fitter than you ever thought possible. If you’re short on time, you can split your workout into 3 sessions of 10 minutes that you’ll do throughout your day.
2. Keep a journal: Even if you’re not really into journaling, I highly recommend it because you’re going to be surprised how much it helps! So on days when you are just not feeling the gym, and you want Netflix and ice cream and pizza all day, go ahead and right down in your journal how you’re feeling. Go do your workout (wether you feel like it or not), and once you get back home, go back to your journal and wright down how you’re feeling after your workout session, which my guess is :pretty amazing. This is so motivating when you reed back on some of your older entries.
3. Start small: When you’re trying to establish a new habit, it’s never a good idea to commit to too much right away. Trying to workout five days a week, cook all your own meals at home and go cold turkey on sugar can only result in one thing — failure.
Trying to change too many things at once means you’ll soon be too sore from working out, too energy deprived, and too bitter about your new lifestyle that your efforts will probably backfire.
Start small by building one healthy habit at the time. Maybe start working out 2-3 days per week, 20 minutes per day, and as your routine sets in add mor days, and more time to your workout session.
4. Make it a ritual: When you have a ritual, like brushing your teeth and washing your face before bed or making oatmeal and coffee for breakfast each day, you no longer have to think about it. You just do it. At this point, the habit becomes so ingrained in your mind there’s no longer any decision-making involved.
That’s what you want to happen with your workouts. Because when you have to think about whether or not you’re going to workout, your clever (and not always helpful) mind is much more likely to come up with excuses. You’re too tired, too sore from the previous day’s workout, too busy, etc.
But if your workout is part of a ritual, all the thinking is taken out of the equation. Your mind and body will expect to workout, and you’ll just do it rather than waver about it each day.
So for example, if you decide you want to make it a habit to work out in the morning five days a week, you can create a ritual that includes getting up, brushing your teeth, eating a small bite of breakfast, doing a quick workout, making a protein shake, and going to work.
The same goes for if you want to create an afternoon or an evening workout habit: just build it into a ritual, and it will become much less difficult to keep your workouts consistent.
5. Schedule it: If you’re still having trouble working out consistently, another trick is to actually build your workouts into your schedule. This should come naturally to you if you’re already used to scheduling your time in meetings, soccer practices, appointments and other activities.
So if you ideally want to work out three times a week, but life always seems to get in the way, just take out your calendar, your phone, or whatever you use to keep track of your time and actually schedule your workouts. Put it in a time slot, then treat it just as you would any other appointment: as non-negotiable.
This will make it much more likely that you don’t let something else get in the way of your workouts, and eventually help you build a workout habit for life.
* here’s a bonus one to boost your mood, create a workout playlist with all your favourite songs, that will definitely motivate you and your workout will fly by!
Hope you guys get motivated to workout! Let me know what motivates you to keep working out in the comment section down below !
Love, Helene Xx