Workouts can be so dang hard! Not just that, but it hurts! That’s where the saying, no pain, no gain comes from. However, because of the pain and the effort it takes as well as the consistency, many of us fall short of keeping up with a fitness routine. It only takes about 1.5 hours of cardio a week to make a difference. If you’re finding it hard to keep up with a fitness routine, check out these 8 tips!
1.Get a partner. I have a friend who hates working out unless she has a partner to keep her on track. If you have another person the fitness track with you, it gives you a bit of a fire to keep going. I personally like the challenge. I’m competitive so when someone else is working out with me, it pushes me to not let them outdo me. It makes me have a great and challenging workout. Plus, having someone with you makes it more fun!
2.Just get started. I know this sounds ridiculous but the biggest motivation is just to make yourself start. Once you start, you’ll feel like finishing. This is due to the “happy” effect exercise has on the brain.
3.Build it into your schedule. Make working out a priority like your job. Your health is important and it’s worthy of a set time in your schedule. It doesn’t have to be a lot. Take twenty minutes to jump on the trampoline with your kids. You’re having a blast and getting an overall cardio workout at the same time!
4.Play active games. This may sound silly but there was never a motivation greater than having fun. I have some friends who get together as a family at get togethers and the main highlight of their shin digs is playing the Wii. They sure do get a workout but it doesn’t feel like they are. Before they know it, they’ve been extremely active for two hours! Time flies when you’re having fun!
5.Put a goal on your wall. Ok, it doesn’t have to be your wall but it needs to be somewhere you’ll be reminded throughout the day. I write my reminders on my whiteboard in my office. This is where I spend most of my time and my whiteboard is my life. Therefore, since I’m always consulting the whiteboard, writing my fitness goals there is a huge reminder and encouragement that it’s still an active part of my life.
6.Put a reminder in your phone. None of us are ever without our phones and if we are, it’s not far that we can’t hear it. Put a reminder on your phone for a time during the day that you usually have time to stop and do a quick routine. Make the ringtone a specific one just for your workout reminder. Make it something catchy and inspiring like “Eye of the Tiger” or something. Whatever will get you motivated.
7.Don’t make yourself feel like your workout has to be long and drawn out. If you need to breakup your workout into short chunks, do it! Whatever works for you. For example, I have a friend who sets reminders on his phone for certain workout moves throughout the day. For example, lunch time, 25 pushups. After he gets off work, 50 calf raises. This way, you’re doing the specific moves but it’s not all at once and in manageable spurts.
8.Do a short workout before getting in the shower. Unless you’re super late, everyone has ten minutes to do a quick and thorough workout before getting in the shower. Do something like 20 jumping jacks, 20 pushups, 20 squats, 20 seconds of high knees, and 20 sit-ups. This little routine doesn’t even take 10 minutes but if you do it every day like without fail, you will see a difference. It’s truly that easy.