When it comes time to start up or pick up again on your fitness regimen, do you find yourself saying “I don’t have time to work out”? This is of course a common excuse many men and women use when they’re not ready to commit to improving their physical and mental well being.
Even if their goal is simply to get fit for swimsuit season, most people find reasons why they’re too busy or too overwhelmed to carve out a little bit of time for themselves each day.
If you can’t even find 30 minutes a day to nurture your body, then you won’t be able to level up with a stronger regimen – unless you finally admit to yourself that the words, “I can’t” simply aren’t true. Remember the Little Engine that Could!
If you really want better health, a better body, and improved mental clarity – then you’ll find a way to make time to achieve your fitness goals. That might mean getting on a better sleep schedule where you go to bed earlier and wake up earlier.
Or maybe you skip lunch out with your coworkers and hit the gym instead, building up the number of minutes you focus on your fitness throughout each and every day.
One thing that can help is if you have the equipment and plan ready ahead of time. You don’t want to walk into your fitness room and sit there wasting time figuring out what you should be doing.
Map out what machines, how many sets and how many reps you’ll do – and at what weight – so that it makes the process as mindless as possible. Become a machine who goes in and gets things done without hesitation.
Sometimes you have to change the rest of your life in order to make time for your own fitness needs. That might mean delegating projects at work so that you can leave on time, or canceling an after school activity for your kids if you’re bogged down with too many of those. Finding ways to chart your progress are incredibly helpful, and seeing your progress before your own eyes really helps you keep your motivation. Check out this in-depth review on Fitbits.
Multitasking can benefit you if you use things like TV or web surfing as a way to decompress after a long, hard day. You can work out while enjoying your screen time – just make sure you’re conscious about the level of effort you’re pouring into your activities.
And if you really want to stay on track, find ways to keep yourself accountable!
There is an old adage that it takes 30 days of doing something before it becomes a habit; it is no different when starting a new fitness program. Part of the way to make yourself accountable to sticking with it is to make it a habit. Then it becomes part of your daily routine just like the other things you automatically do each day without really thinking a lot about them. Other ways to stay accountable are:
1) Exercise with a Friend
Nothing is more motivating when starting a new fitness program than doing it with a friend. Sure, there will be days when you don’t feel like exercising, but you push your way through it because you don’t want to disappoint your exercise partner. If both of you are new to exercising, there will be times when your exercise partner doesn’t feel like exercising either. S/he pushes through it though so you aren’t disappointed. In the end, each of you are accountable to the other.
2) Journal Your Exercise Activities
Write down things like your starting weight and measurements, long and short-term goals, start and stop times, and the exercises you performed in each exercise session. Don’t forget to also document your emotional state before, during and after exercising. As you write down your information and thoughts, look back at the progress you have made. This alone can be enough inspiration to continue with the perspiration of staying in your exercise program. In this case you are accountable to yourself through your writings.
3) Schedule Fitness Time on Your Calendar
When starting a new fitness program, schedule your time on your appointment calendar just as you would any other important activity. What gets scheduled gets done. Otherwise, it is easy to get lost in the day’s events and forget or not make time to exercise. Fitness is just as important as anything else you do; make time for it.
4) Make Realistic Goals
Nothing will make you stop an exercise program quicker than a lack of progress. But you may have made great progress, it just was not as much as the goal you had established for yourself. Goals have to be both realistic and attainable. Setting a goal of losing 10 pounds the first week is neither. You didn’t put those 10 pounds on in a week, so why do you think you can lose them in seven days. An attainable goal would be to lose one pound per week.
Use these tips to stay on track with your new exercise program. Soon it will be a habit instead of a chore.