Five ways to build an exercise routine. Five strategies to help you incorporate exercise into your lifestyle
Five strategies to help you incorporate exercise into your lifestyle
I’ve recently had a shift back into exercise classes after doing my own thing for quite some time. Here are five factors that have been pivotal to my success and that I hope will help you build in long lasting exercise habits too!
Exercise close to home or work
Chances are that if you exercise closer to the areas you spend most of your time in, it will fit more nicely into your lifestyle and hopefully be a more sustainable move. Yes, if you absolutely LOVE a particular exercise or class, and you continue to maintain the motivation to travel there on a regular basis, that is AWESOME! However, for those of us who find our motivation can lag at times, it can help being in close proximity to our exercise hub.
A local gym, park or personal training studio is convenient and it’s also beneficial on those days you find it hard to leave the house. In those times it pays to trick yourself a little step by step; just put on your exercise clothes, so they are on. Then, just get in the car so you turn up. Once you’re there, well… you might as well do some exercise! If you’ve shown up, you’ve already done one of the hardest parts!
It’s all about timing
Once you’ve decided on the kind of exercise and location, see which options work best for you in terms of when you can exercise. It could be before work, during lunch (if possible), after work or on the weekends.
When it comes to exercising after work, it’s ideal if there’s some time for you to get to where you’re going to work out, but not too much!
If you have enough time to get home, ideally it won’t be long enough for you to get too comfortable and choose to eat dinner and watch TV instead of heading out.
Your commitment is achievable and sustainable
Consistency is key. There’s not much benefit in being gung-ho about exercise for two weeks and then completely dropping off.
Be realistic. What is actually do-able? Depending on your situation it could be small pockets of time or larger chunks, and perhaps you can fit in two, three or four sessions a week. Something is better than nothing.
You might not think that two sessions could be enough, but it can still be beneficial in the prevention of disease, helping you feel motivated and improving your energy levels, among other benefits.
The price is right
If you’re going to stick with it, it has to work well when it comes to your budget. The aim is to continue exercising for the long term.
I know that with me, if I’m going to love the classes but not be able to commit to it for long, I’d probably rather commit to something I know I can afford and will be happy to pay for… for a a long time!
Book into that class / appointment
I absolutely love this feature that different gyms and studios are incorporating… a class registration process!
Not only does it help the facility track numbers, but it helps me LOCK IN exercise. The thought of being the person who cancels last minute does not bode well with me. Neither does the idea of a cancellation fee!