“How do you stay consistent with exercise?” is probably the top fitness related question I get from you guys, and today I’m here to share some realistic tricks that help me when it comes to workout consistency.
I get so excited when you guys email or message me on Instagram with your questions. A common one I get is “how do you stay consistent with exercise?” Having some sort of structure is so helpful for keeping me on top of anything, especially exercise. I am by no means perfect, and there are some weeks where I don’t get to workout as much as I would like, but I still make it happen consistently [at least 3 to 4 days/week] given the time I have and my schedule.
Here are a few simple ways I keep myself consistent with my workouts [without feeling overwhelmed]:
1. PENCIL IT IN/BLOCK OFF TIME: I have mentioned this a few times now [here + here] on the bog, but I’ll say it again because it’s worth giving it a try— start scheduling your workouts in if you find consistency to be a challenge! I have found that scheduling things into my calendar that are high-priority is an easy and effective way I help myself stay on top of my life. If it’s in my calendar then it’s important, and I’ll stick to it. Getting some movement in is definitely a high-priority for me, which is why I am intentional about making time in my schedule weekly for it— whether it be for 20 minutes or 1 hour. Exercise has such a positive impact on my life, and without it I always feel sluggish and unmotivated. Scheduling things in truly does help keep me happy and consistent.
2. SHORTEN YOUR WORKOUTS: Start small by doing shorter workouts when you are beginning to build a consistent routine. It’s less overwhelming and a realistic approach if you’re struggling to find consistency with working out. There are many different ways you can do this, you could start by looking at your schedule and block off 20 to 30 minutes of your time 3 days a week, and keep doing that weekly until you feel consistent enough to amp things up— whether that be by increasing your time or your days. This might look like a 20 minute walk that includes some incline hills, or it could be a run, at home Pilates, a 30 minute workout class, or any type of exercise you find joy in. You could even set up a little circuit of 3 or 4 different exercises at your gym and go through them 2 to 3 times, or until 30 minutes time is up.
3. SET A SMALL GOAL + REPEAT: A small goal could be aiming to get three 30 minute workouts in per week for a period of two weeks straight. Then just keep repeating that small goal until it becomes a natural part of you. When you are able to consistently get three workouts in per week try adding in a fourth workout day here and there, or start extending your workout sessions, and go from there!
4. DO WORKOUTS YOU ACTUALLY LIKE: This is huge. If you do not like yoga, then simply don’t do yoga. If you really love pilates, the gym, or running, then go to a pilates class, hit up the gym, or head out for a run. When you do workouts you enjoy, you are more likely to stay consistent and keep coming back for more. If you are doing workouts just because someone else is doing it, but you genuinely don’t enjoy it, you’re going to develop a negative relationship with exercise. Bottom line, you should find exercises that get you to move your body in ways that you actually enjoy! I quickly learned what type of workouts I like most by trying out different classes and by working with personal trainers in the past. I find that taking classes, or working with a trainer, is also great for learning how to properly perform exercises you like so you can do them on your own at home, or in the gym.
5. KEEP NOTES: Keep note of workout sessions that leave you feeling really great. Have your notes somewhere visible and every so often read them over for some extra motivation. Being reminded of a good feeling can keep you coming back for more.
I hope you enjoyed today’s tips for workout consistency. Thank you for popping by the blog and taking the time to read this post!
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