It’s that time of year — you’ve gorged on holiday treats and New Year’s drinks, and you’re ready to take they year by storm! And hey, why not? Fresh starts are always fun. They make us all feel hopeful and optimistic.
But what makes this year different than any other that you commit to “working out 5x a week” or “being more healthy”? Well, nothing if you don’t commit to changing the things you want to in your life, and then actually you know, DO them.
Now that I’m almost 33 (gulp!), I’ve figured a few things out. About myself, about human nature, okay mostly about myself. Now I know what works for me. And I accept that there are just going to be times where I’m really busy and traveling, and working out for a week just isn’t going to happen. I can try really hard to make it happen, but sometimes I’ll fail, and that’s ok.
For the past 6-7 months I’ve belonged to CorePower Yoga. When I’m not traveling, I go pretty regularly. Once I got back from traveling most of October and November, and I caught up on all my work, I started going a lot. I also love to get in a SolidCore class every once in a while, and I’ll also be doing some pilates training with a friend of mine who is becoming a teacher!
Here are 7 ways that have helped me make exercise a habit — maybe they’ll help you too.
1 — Go somewhere convenient.
You are so much more likely to go if it’s near where you live or work. Do NOT make it hard on yourself, make it as easy as possible to go!
2 — Pay for it.
This might not work for everyone, but if I’m paying for something, you better believe I’m going to go. I don’t like to waste money on NOT going to a workout.
3 — Get a workout partner.
If you just don’t feel like going, but your friend is counting on you, or you’ve already made plans to meet up, you are so much more likely to not break your workout plans.
4 — Get enough workout clothes for a week.
For me this is mostly in yoga towels and leggings. I am a sweaty mess after class and don’t always have time to do my laundry in the middle of the week. Not having clean workout clothes or towels is a dumb excuse to miss a workout. Just get enough gear and clothes so that you don’t have to worry about it. And actually, I need more towels and leggings…
5 — Organize your workout gear before you go to bed.
Not rushing around in the morning and trying to remember everything I like to have for class is just a good feeling. It’s like you are already telling yourself you are committed to working out the next day. Then if you are running late in the morning, all your stuff is already there ready for you and all you have to do is grab it.
6 — Schedule your workouts on your calendar.
My friend Kathleen said something that has really stuck with me over the years. She said she treats her workout as if it is the most important meeting of her day. Literally putting my workouts into my Google calendar helps me mentally prepare for class.
7 — Let other people tell you what to do.
Maybe you are one of those people who can just go to a gym and get a killer workout in all on your own. My husband is one of those people. I am not one of those people. I need someone to tell me what to do. I know what to do, but I’m much more likely to do it (and do my best) if someone is there telling me and watching me. Also, going to some sort of class (or trainer) takes all the pressure and guessing off of you to figure out what to do. Just go, listen, and do.
Do you have any good tips?
Photos by Laura Metzler