Have you ever wondered how to stay committed to daily exercise without stress? I am not a fan of hot and sweaty workouts and failed P.E. in high school because of this. (did you know that was possible?) Don’t get me wrong; I am 100% convinced that daily exercise is essential to good health and overall wellbeing. I need to be intentional about my mindset and routines to stay consistent – even when I don’t feel like exercising. These seven tips have helped me stay committed to exercise daily. If they can work for me, they’re sure to work for you:
Find daily exercise and movement you love.
What kind of exercise do you like to do? Are you starting as a beginner or starting over? Do you enjoy cardio or strength training? Your fitness goals will also play into this. Are you looking to lose significant weight or tighten and tone? Consider your objectives as you contemplate the type of exercise you would enjoy. Also consider, the time you are willing to commit to your exercise session. Finding a workout you love should be exciting!!! Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a chore.
Ask yourself, “How will I stay committed?”
We all know there will be days when you are just not feeling it. You hit the snooze and roll over or open your laptop and get sucked into social media or work when you should be rolling out of bed and getting your sweat on! Everyone has days like this. Honestly, there will be some days when you need extra sleep or rest days. But those days cannot be a setback to your goals! Know WHY you are making exercise part of your lifestyle. Be vividly clear on the reason behind being healthy. Write it down, tape it to your mirror, refrigerator, or home screen on your phone. Your WHY is what is going to snap you back to the deep-rooted meaning of your journey.
Track your daily exercise activity.
It’s so easy to go easy on ourselves when it comes to tracking activity. In our minds, it seems like we only missed one day of working out this week. We find ways to justify the invasion of competing priorities. When you write, journal, or update your fitness activity, the reality is right in front of you. There is no mistaking your activity level, and you have immediate feedback on how you’re doing. You can also benefit from tracking other healthy habits such as water intake and sticking to your eating plan. Shift your mindset to what you GET to ADD, rather than what you will eliminate. Get excited about fresh fruit, vegetables, and deliciously balanced meals that give you energy. Notice how your skin feels more youthful, and puffiness is reduced because you have added more water. Focus on those fantastic new habits you get to add and celebrate your success daily.
Focus on activity goals.
Get rid of the scale! The scale is only a small indicator of your health. In truth, all it’s telling you is the force of gravity on your body. It doesn’t specify that you’ve built up your muscle mass, are hydrated, or that your digestive system is working effectively. The scale has its purpose, but it can be very tempting to measure success and self-worth. Instead, focus on the activity goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the week. Such as: Sticking to your meal plan, doing five push-ups, enjoying movement for the number of days you committed to, and so forth. Make your goals realistic and attainable-even if small.
Find an accountability partner.
Find an accountability partner and connect with them every day. Ideally, this person should be one who truly cares about your success and will call you out on your excuses (lovingly, of course). Daily exercise accountability is a sure-fire way to ingrain new habits and keep you motivated. Also, you can join accountability and support groups. Having a larger group of like-minded friends can make the journey so much more fun! Positive peer pressure is a game-changer. I have an ongoing exercise accountability group here. (Must be a Beachbody on Demand subscriber)
Be patient and positive.
Change takes TIME. There is just no way around it. Lasting change is for the long-term, and so we cannot expect a quick fix. It has likely taken you a long time to get to this point, so allow yourself the time to redirect old habits. Staying focused on your lifestyle goals, rather than the scale, will help you stay positive. Tracking your daily exercise activity will provide real-time feedback, allowing you to reflect and see first-hand how far you’ve come. You can also listen to informative and inspirational podcasts. Some of my favorites are The Chalene Show, The Model Health Show, and of course, my own Sacred Grounds Podcast.
Last but not least, you MUST celebrate the small and the big wins!! It is so critical to keep your eyes focused on the positive. Every Friday or Saturday, look back at your goals, compared to your activity, and give yourself a high-five!!! Better yet, tell someone about it! When you have an accountability partner or coach, it can make all the difference.
The tips listed above all work together. You must first assess your goals and commitment level to find a program that you love to do. You want to look forward to your daily exercise. Have a plan for staying motivated. Write it down and put it where you will easily see it every day. Track your activity for yourself and find an accountability partner to hold you to it. Whether you had a bad week or a rock star week, all lasting change takes patience. Finally, celebrate your victories!!! It’s the juice that keeps your fire burning.
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