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How to Make an Exercise Routine Happen

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How to Make an Exercise Routine Happen

I often hear, “I didn’t have enough time for a full work out, so I didn’t bother” or “I prefer to work out first thing in the morning, and it’s just impossible now with my commute.” Instead of making excuses, find a time that works for you – even if that time isn’t always consistent.

Here are some tips to help you “schedule” your workouts:

  1. Commit to exercising at the same time each day. Put it in your schedule and make it part of your daily routine. There will be less of a chance that you skip it because it’s already been planned and you don’t have to think about it.
  2. Can’t commit to the same time each day? Choose to have a can-do, flexible attitude, and workout whenever you can squeeze it in – but still commit to a couple potential time frames. On the weekends it may be in the morning, during the weekdays it could vary from 3pm to 8pm – just commit to exercising a set number of days, even if it’s not at the same time everyday.
  3. Make yourself a personal workout plan in the form of a monthly calendar. Set a monthly goal for total number of workouts, and then mark those days on the calendar. If you miss a scheduled workout, you know you have to make it up on another day if you want to hit your monthly workout goal!
  4. Still struggling with making it happen? Commit to exercising in smaller increments. Set aside 15 minutes in the morning, walk for 15 minutes at your lunch break, or do 30 minutes of squats, sit-ups push-ups, and jumping jacks during your favorite TV program. Being sporadically active throughout the day adds up to health benefits at the end of the day. 15 plus 15 adds up to 30 minutes a day, and that’s a great choice for your health.

Everyone gets off track once in a while -get more tips on how to stop skipping those workouts! Consider investing in some home fitness gadgets that my help you squeeze in those 15 minute routines or sign up for a new, old or odd but trendy fitness class.

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