Habits are things you typically do every day, and you tend to do them without much thought. Some of these daily actions are good habits, and others could be bad habits that you might be working on changing.
One habit that has the power to have a positive impact on your life is physical activity. If you’re able to create a consistent habit of working out, then you’ll be able to experience all the benefits that ultimately improve your health and wellness.
Keep in mind that consistency doesn’t mean the same thing as daily. And a consistent workout habit for you might look very different from someone else’s routine. Consider your health and fitness goals, and create a routine that will work for you.
Here are seven tips for creating a consistent workout habit:
1. Schedule your workout.
Take some time to plan when you’ll get your workout in, and then treat this time like you would any other appointment. Make your workouts a priority in your day.
2. Start small and realistic.
When you start a workout routine, sometimes the biggest challenge is in taking on too much too soon. If you tell yourself that you’re going to work out for two hours every day for the next month, that might not be realistic. Instead, start small and slowly build on the consistent habit that you’re able to develop.
3. Choose something fun.
If you look forward to your workouts, you’re less likely to skip out of doing them. Choose something fun that you enjoy doing.
4. Add variety.
A consistent workout habit can be made up of a variety of activities. Maybe some days you head to a group fitness class and other days you take your dog for a walk around the park.
5. Find a buddy or two.
Teaming up with a workout buddy or two can help hold you accountable to your workouts. When you have other people expecting you to join them for a workout, you’re more likely to stick to your routine.
6. Keep a workout log or journal.
Tracking your workouts over time creates a tangible way to see all the work you’ve put into your workouts. Keeping a log gives you a history that you can look back on and see how far you’ve come.
7. Plan for setbacks.
No plan or routine will be without challenges. Despite your planning, things happen. You get sick or have an unplanned meeting. The best thing you can do is control what you can and then get right back on track as soon as you can.
At 265 Point in Charlotte, our mission is to empower you to develop a fit body, mind, and spirit. Let us know how we can help you create a consistent workout of your own. Contact us to learn more about program offerings or to chat about how to get started.