As the beginning of a New Year is underway, a top priority for bettering your life is to make fitness a routine. There might be other changes happening in your life this year. Or getting healthy might be the new change for you. Either way, it is highly recommended that you include eating healthy and exercising a part of your routine.
While this statement sounds simple, I think it’s worthwhile to explore more in-depth because of it’s importance. As I was thinking that I just don’t have a lot new from my experience, it’s because I have found what works for me and that’s what I do every day and every week. My fitness plan might not work for everyone, however it’s not plausible for me to try to new programs and diets just to review them. Routines Work.
So the best piece of advice I can share with you is to
Make Fitness A Routine!
Make Your Schedule – Plan to exercise for at least 30 mins. 3 days/week. Plan these days/times ahead. Plan to exercise when it is both good for your schedule and energy level.
Make Your Workout Plan – Make your workout plans in advance and write them down. Explore whether more cardio or more strength exercises work for you. Explore workout routines based on your goals and interests. If you know what works, stick with the routine.
Meal Plan – Plan on what types of foods and meals you want to eat before you go to the grocery store. How much you need to plan and prep for meals is going to be your personal preference. A lot of people like to plan specific lists and meals, grocery shop, meal prep, and portion size. All very helpful routines. Likewise, make plans for when you will eat out or indulge.
Plan time for research – Even if you are quite fit and have a workout routine, it’s helpful and motivating to spend a little time researching. Whether you are exploring good exercises, healthier foods, health conditions, new trends, getting new gear, always keep on top of researching something health related. Make sure you do this regularly.
Make it a habit – Stick to your routines, adjust accordingly, and develop healthier habits.
Routines are very helpful because it reduces the motivating factor. Just like cleaning the bathroom and going grocery shopping. They’re not activities we always want to do, but they are important. Most of you probably have a routine for when and how you complete these tasks. This reduces the negative thought processes around whether or not it’s a good day to workout. If it’s your routine, your habit, you do it. Because that’s now part of your life. Getting healthy and fit is a lifestyle change, therefore you have to develop long term habits.
Once you have a good list of healthy foods, then it’s not so challenging to go to the store. It’s not as challenging to skip the junk. Because now you have a good list, you have healthy meals, you know what they are and now you do not have to put as much thought into it when you go to the store. And now that junk food isn’t in your budget anyway.
Once you make a fitness a routine, it will be harder to skip a workout than just get it done. You will start to find the benefits that getting healthy and fit adds to your lifestyle and well-being. Since you won’t want to lose the after effects, you will keep going! You will enjoy having fitness in your routine!