How to Make Exercise a Part of Your Routine
September 27, 2016 | Amy Cattaneo
We all have routines. They are how we function and get anything done. When it comes time to change those routines, it can be a problem. Getting in exercise certainly qualifies as changing your routine. It doesn’t matter that you may need it or that you really want to do it, you still have to figure out a way to not only include it but keep it there. And that can be quite a challenge! Here are some things to consider:
1. Schedule Your Workouts – I’m sure you’ve heard this one before. But it’s an important one that we all find ourselves one time or another not sticking to. Once you figure out the times that you will workout, treat those times just as important as any other appointment. You wouldn’t blow off doctor’s appointments or meetings as work because something else came up right? Treat your workouts with the same respect. It’s an appointment with you FOR yourself and what’s more important than that? I can tell you that when I am scheduling meetings and other things for the studio, I always have my workout times in my schedule and I will say I can’t do a certain time if it means I can’t do my workout. It’s not rude or being selfish to do that. It’s making sure you are giving yourself the same respect you give everyone else.
2. Do Your Best Not To Take Huge Breaks – I know things come up and sometimes you NEED to take a break from working out, like an injury, getting sick etc. I’m talking about the times when we are completely capable of exercising but CHOOSE not to. Some examples are vacations, family visiting, busy at work etc. I get it. Those things get your routine out of whack but why is exercise the thing that goes? Do you stop brushing your teeth and taking a shower? It may sound extreme but why don’t we hold exercise to the same level of importance as other things that we wouldn’t possibly go a day without doing? Now you may not be able to do your regular type of workouts but if you are a client at IPT, you know that you can work up a good sweat in 10 - 15 minutes. It’s best not to go more than three days in a row without a workout. This way you don’t have a chance to start creating a routine that doesn’t in exercise.
3. Incorporate Exercise Markers – What I mean by this is to do things every month, quarter, 6 months, year etc. to see your progress. Some examples are a 5K, a mud run, a hike in a local park, or rock climbing. You can also track a specific lift during the workouts or your time for the benchmark workouts. The point is not to win or to beat anyone. It’s just to see where you are in the activity of your choice and do it again at a later time to see how you improved. It really helps you see your progress from other angle and gives you extra motivation to continue your exercise routine.
4. Learn About the Benefits – As with most things, the more you know the benefits and understand the benefits, the more likely you are to stick to it. We all know exercise is great for our overall health, but do you TRULY know why? Start educating yourself and learning about it as much as you can. Endorphins, longevity, less disease, less illness etc are just a few! Start with a simple google search of “benefits of exercise” and go from there!
5. Accept How You Feel About Working Out – I saved this one for last because I think it’s one that most of us don’t even consider and may not even realize is the reason we fall off of our exercise routines. From talking to so many people over the years about exercising, I find that many people don’t particularly like exercising. That’s NOT the issue. The issue is these people THINK that they eventually will grow to love it. And if they don’t, they somehow failed so they give up when they don’t see that day come or even come closer. Well, let me tell you something….I don’t like exercising. That’s right. As a GYM OWNER, I am the last person to say, “Hey let’s go get a workout in” or “I’m going to go for a run to clear my mind”. Nope and nope. Do I exercise several times a week? Absolutely. But I honestly do it because I know how good it is for me and I like the results I get from it. For various reasons, I have had several periods in my life that I didn’t workout for weeks and weeks and I’m not going to lie…I didn’t miss it. I missed the feeling afterwards and the results, but the actual act of working out…no. So it finally dawned on me, I don’t have to love it. I don’t have to be one of those people that just LOVE exercising. It’s not failing or not growing as a person if I don’t actually want to workout. It just means I will most likely be the type of person that always needs some accountability in order to continue working out each week. And that’s ok! Find a way or a person to keep you accountable and know that we are all built differently!
We all know exercise is important no matter so I encourage you to use some of these steps if not all to make exercise a routine in your life!"
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