Get moving: 5 ways to help make working out a priority
Life doesn’t get any less busy so you find time for the things you deem important. Despite knowing how vital it is to stay in shape, many people tend to put working out on the back burner. Exercising isn’t the most appealing activity when you’re dripping in sweat, red in the face and huffing and puffing. However, it is essential for our overall health. Follow these tips to help you prioritize living an active lifestyle:
Make the time
When you schedule the time to workout, you’ll more than likely stick with it. A good workout doesn’t have to be long to be effective. Dedicating 15 to 45 minutes per session is all you need. Think about the amount of time you’ve spent hitting snooze in the morning, scrolling through social media or clicking “yes” when Netflix asks if you’re still watching. If reaching your fitness goals is important to you, then you will find a way to work it into your schedule.
Have a workout buddy
It’s much easier for you to cancel dates, especially to the gym, on yourself than it is to cancel on a friend. Ask around and you’re bound to find someone who wants to get in shape too. Being active doesn’t mean you have to always go to the gym. Grab a friend and go on a hike, play a pick-up basketball game or ride your bikes around town. When you have a workout partner you’ll be able to keep one another accountable, which will help you reach your fitness goals quicker.
Incorporate small changes daily
Every moment of activity adds up! Park further away from entrances than you normally would to get extra steps in, bike to work or walk to the grocery store instead of driving. You’ll be surprised with how many extra calories you can burn by making small changes to your daily routine.
Set goals and track your progress
Keep your motivation rising by looking back on how far you’ve come. Whether you want to run faster, lift heavier weights, be more flexible or simply become healthier overall, you need to set goals. Take progress pictures of your body and log your stats from each workout. Push yourself to do better than the day before. When you feel discouraged, don’t quit! Tracking your progress is meant to motivate you to keep getting better.
Although seeing positive changes in your body is very encouraging, staying committed to a workout routine can still be difficult. Reward yourself in ways that will keep you on track with your goals. Buy yourself a new gym outfit, fitness smartwatch, chic water bottle or a pair of colorful running shoes. Spoiling yourself feels good; especially when you know you’ve earned it from the hard work you’ve been putting in to better your overall health.
Some days will be harder than others when trying to find time and motivation to exercise. Remember these tips to get you moving! Always keep in mind that each day only brings you one step closer to reaching your fitness goals.