We all know those people who have made fitness a life priority. But unfortunately, if you take a look around, that doesn't describe everyone we see at the gym or on the jogging trail. Are these fit ones special super human folks? Not really. They've just made their workouts a habit. If you are someone who only works out during swimsuit season, it is time to make the shift. Make your workout a habit and by extension, a lifestyle by doing the following:
1. Exercise even if you only have 15 minutes to do it.
A short workout is far better than no workout! If you can't actually get yourself to the gym but find yourself with 15 minutes to spare before you have to go meet your friends, do some jumping jacks or burpees. Throw on some tunes and blast it out. You'll feel so much better -- especially if you spent all day sitting!
2. Speaking of, you know that feeling of planning to workout and then not working out?
No one likes that feeling so you might as well just workout. No one likes to get all dressed to go and then find yourself decked out in your gear, eating popcorn and watching The Real Housewives of Where Ever
. Working out to avoid that feeling is always, always worth it.
3. Invest in a fitness tracker.
They aren't cheap but they really do go a long way to forcing you to move more. You may be shocked at how little you walk during the course of a day. If you have a desk job, you may be hitting only about 4,000 steps a day. We're supposed to hit around 10,000. If you are a goal-oriented individual, this is an especially worthwhile investment.
4. Mix up your routine.
Interval training one day, yoga the next. A light run the following day. If you aren't bored, you'll be more likely to do it!
5. Instead of skipping a workout, focus on how great you'll feel after.
Okay, so, sometimes workouts suck while
you are doing them but never forget that endorphin rush you get at the end of it. It is always worth the effort.
6. Don't wait for an occasion to get in shape.
If you only workout to look good at a special occasion, you'll drive yourself mad (and possible to injury) by trying to reach unrealistic goals. Fitness isn't about a little bit of vanity (don't feel badly, we all have it), it is about a complete lifestyle. Don't let yourself down by skipping workouts after the event. If you make these changes now, the next time a wedding pops up, you'll already look great in that dress!
7. Eat. Real food.
Remember, everything in moderation. There is no need to give up entire food groups (chocolate is a food group, no?) or some of your indulgences. Just don't overdo it. All that will happen is you will feel terrible for caving, possibly binge some more, swear off it again and repeat the cycle. Do yourself a favour, if you want a little treat, have one. Just don't have ALL
8. Keep weeknight drinking to a minimum.
Weekdays are hard. Don't make them even harder. If you are getting drunk on a weeknight, you're not likely to get up for your fitness class in the morning! There are actual studies that suggest drinking can make women sleepy over the course of the following days. So, weeknight drinking can take it out of you if you don't have nap/catch up time during the day!
9. Workout at home if you can't get to a gym.
You don't need a gym to workout. If you have cable, you may be able to find some workouts on demand or look one up online. We've got you covered at BodyRock
! Pump some tunes and have some fun with it!
10. Buy a foam roller.
For about $18, you can totally change your workout. Used just before a workout, a foam roller can increase your range of motion and after a workout, it can reduce your soreness.
11. Exercise when you're sore.
You don't have to go for a crazy intense workout but something light is a good call. Going for a light walk, for example, can actually help ease the pain of your recovering muscles more than sitting around doing nothing. AND, you've kept your habit going.
12. Focus on how you want to feel rather than how you want to look.
If you shift your focus from looking good to feeling good, you'll actually 'see' benefits immediately. If you are waiting for the weight to drop or the inches to disappear, you may be waiting a bit. If you think about how you feel, you'll see it that same day!
13. Remember that the main goal isn't to run 10 miles a day, it's just to do something physical.
If you are really not wanting to go to the gym, go anyway. Promise yourself you'll work for 5 minutes. Once you get going, you're sure to KEEP going.
14. Get sleep.
If you are staying up all hours of the night and then trying to get up at 7am for that yoga class, you can pretty much forget it! The more you workout, the more you'll want to sleep. Set yourself up for success by hitting the hay at a decent hour.
What habits keep you successfully travelling on your fitness path?
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