Healthy lifestyles include making fitness a habit and part of your life, every day. The first step is deciding to embrace the challenge. For some of you, this might be just a small adjustment to what you are already doing. For others, it might mean making some major changes. Wherever you are on the spectrum, it all starts with making a plan and committing to it.
Look at your weekly schedule and set at least 3 workout times. You’re building a habit, so the key is consistency. Don’t plan on working out when you know there is a good chance that you will be late or have to reschedule. Can you commit to morning routine? Getting a workout in before the day has a chance of getting away works for many. Does your work or home schedule support a mid-day workout? Nothing energizes an afternoon behind the desk better than a noon Group Cycle or Group Power class.
What do you enjoy? Make it fun! Does surrounding yourself with energizing people and music motivate you? Join a group training or group fitness class. Does time to zone out and listen to music or watch TV while doing some serious time on cardio equipment inspire you? Create a cardio mix for your iPod or time your workout during your favorite show. Whether you enjoy the social aspect or the solitude, or some of both, find out what works best for you.
Set yourself up to succeed. Find times that work for you and plan on activities that you enjoy. It’s still work but there is no reason that incorporating fitness into your daily routine shouldn’t be fun, energizing and something to look forward to. It takes commitment to create the habit but once you do, you’ll have your workout right up there on the priority list with brushing your teeth.