As I’m sitting at my desk going over all my clients accounts in my online training I’m realizing one difference between those who are successful with keeping a routine and those who are struggling with regular exercise.
For me, exercise every week is pretty much the same, I know when and where and what my workout will be. It’s always the same for me and I have a back up if my kids have a game or something interrupts my schedule. If someone were to ask me when I’m working out this week, I can give you the times and days for the entire week.
So the mistake I am seeing with establishing a fitness routine is that most are just holding on to them and hoping they find a free 30-60 minutes in their schedule to squeeze one in. Before they know it, it is Saturday and they only were able to get one workout in. In order to be successful or see any physical changes, you must establish a routine of at least 4 days of exercise per week. That means scheduling them like we do work, school classes, or meeting with your accountant to get your taxes done.
So don’t go into your fitness routine with a blind eye, schedule those workouts, check them off as you go, and finally see those results you have been looking for!
We all know that it is not easy to break a bad habit. It’s uncomfortable. We find ourselves in this routine that is easy to flow through, but is it? I love sleep and getting up early has always been tough for me to discipline myself to do if I don’t have to be anywhere. But making sure I have enough time to prepare my day is important. I don’t like to rush myself out the door, but for years I’ve always had early training clients or classes to teach so it made it difficult to wake up early enough to set my day up. Fortunately I’ve been able to adjust my days so that I give myself that one hour to prepare, do a devotion, and set up my task list. We talked about routine yesterday with your fitness and it is also important with how you organize your day so you become most efficient. If my days are not consistent, I will not get as much done as needed. Yes things come up later in the day so the hour at the beginning when I get up is my most important hour. It basically determines my mood for the day too. If you don’t have it already, give yourself one hour to set up and see how much better the rest of your day becomes. 🙂
If you ask anyone I train, the most important thing when starting a new program is establishing a routine. Your body responds to consistency and it is extremely important to set aside that time to dedicate to training. Your routine does not have to be this extreme killer workout in the beginning (or at all for that matter). When I see those beginners start out and overwhelm themselves with trying to reach their goal all in one week, I don’t expect them to stay with it very long. A new routine is hard enough, but add the degree of difficulty in the workout and it makes it even harder.
So my advice to you if you are just starting out is:
1. Start out slow. Even if it is a 10 minute walk everyday. Then add on as you get comfortable and have more time.
2. For your nutrition do the same and add one element at a time. Work on a healthy breakfast, take out sugar from your coffee, stop eating cookies every night, or eliminate that carb filled snack you have at 3pm everyday and swap it with some veggies and hummus.
3. Grab a friend for accountability. I know you have someone whether it’s a friend or family member that deep down would love to join you in your quest for health. See if they would share a text with you daily to keep each other motivated. Or meet up for a walk 3 days per week.
5. Don’t give up! Just be aware in the beginning that things WILL come up and you will have to choose what is more important. In the beginning it will be hard to choose your new routine over the old, but I promise it gets easier over time. Your health is important. Keep it on top of your list!
These are a few of my tips to help you get started and keep going on your fitness routine. Our bodies are made to move and eat real food. Give it what it needs and it you will feels so much better!