We're heading into May and if healthy and fit were part of your New Year's resolution then your exercise routine will now be a habit.
You should be confident in the fitness program you're doing and feeling good about what you've accomplished so far. You look better, you feel better, you move better.
But, unfortunately, if you're like most people, that habit was never quite established.
Even though we start out with good intentions the majority of us find it difficult to stick with any type of exercise routine long enough to experience the benefits.
Here's three ways to help you create structure and succeed:
Consistency. Being consistent with the days you workout will benefit you greatly. By scheduling specific days you'll create structure which encourages consistency and forms a habit. Exercise at least every other day, such as Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. You'll be amazed at how much easier it is to get your workouts in when you pre-select your days!
Timing. The same method works for the time of day you decide to exercise. Schedule a specific time that realistically works for you and stick to that same time during the week. Again, you're creating consistency along with structure which forms a habit, and helps you succeed.
Accountability. Being accountable to somebody else often leads to greater success. Hiring a trainer, working out with a friend, joining a class, or an on-line training group will not only help with accountability but also with encouragement and motivation.
Consistency + Timing + Accountability = Healthy Lifelong Habits
By incorporating these three simple tips into your week you'll find it easier to stick with an exercise routine long enough to enjoy the benefits while helping yourself develop healthy lifelong habits.
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