15 Habits to Maintain (and Improve) Your Daily Workout Routine
Is it finally time to commit to a new daily workout routine? Are you tired of saying you’re going to exercise and get into great shape and then not follow through with a plan?
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Here are 15 habits to help you create a an exercise routine that actually works. A plan that you can actually stick with long enough to results and enjoy the new healthier version of yourself.
1. Make Sure You Choose An Enjoyable Workout
Maybe one of the reasons that your previous workout routines have failed is because you did not enjoy the activity you were doing and you started to see the routine as more of a task or burden, instead of a fun activity that you’re excited about.
If you pick an activity that you actually want to do, you will start to look forward to that activity and be more likely to stick with it and keep a positive attitude about working out.
Some ways to help you choose an activity you like are to:
- Research what kind of workout suits you best and that you like at the same time.
- Ask your friends and family members what they like to do; maybe they have an opinion on what you might like based on your personality.
- Try a different workout every week and see which one you enjoy most, or notice which parts of the exercises that you prefer doing.
- Think of ways you can make your workout more enjoyable (go with a buddy, create a nice cardio playlist, choose your favorite gym)
2. Start Small
If you have not worked out in a while, setting tough goals for your daily workout routine might make you start second-guessing your skills, feel overwhelmed and become unmotivated. It’s important to start small.
Don’t say you’re going to run a marathon in 6 months and train every single day if you have had no training. There’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps and accomplishing a few small goals before moving on to bigger goals.
Some small things you can do to help motivate yourself are to focus on daily consistency instead of the amount of time you spend on working out. It’s more important to stay motivated than to focus on the length of time of your workout. Once your motivation is in place, then you can work on elongating your workout session.
Start with just one part of the exercise every day. If you’re doing a workout program on your own, just start with the warm up and see how you feel. If you enjoyed the workout, you will want to see what the next part brings, which you will do tomorrow.