As busy women and mothers, exercise often ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. It’s not that we want it to, it just does.
Today we are going to explore my top 5 ways to help you find and stick to a consistent exercise plan that you love. Plus, you’ll get free access the worksheet that will help you stick to your goals every single time.
5 WAYS TO MAKE EXERCISE A PRIORITY
FIND SOMETHING YOU LOVE
My top tip for making exercise a priority in your life is to find something you absolutely love. If I told you just to head out and go running a few times a week and you hate running, then it’s highly unlikely for you do step foot in running shoes even one time.
You see, with exercise, every bit counts. So, whatever it is you love to do, do it. If you don’t know what you love to do, try a few things out! People get great workouts dancing on their kitchen floor, doing a daily yoga practice, or hitting a pounding weight sesh at the gym.
You do you. Do whatever works for you. Find something that makes you feel like a million bucks after and you’ll be happy.
It’s true we won’t always be overly excited to workout all the time, but if you are doing something you love, you’re more likely to have the motivation to get started and to stick to it.
CREATE A SCHEDULE
Remember how you make schedules for doctor appointments, kid activities, and all of that stuff? Well, why don’t you make an appointment for yourself?
Create a routine with your exercise by making a schedule. Just as you wouldn’t no-show the doctor, don’t no-show yourself.
If the only time you have to exercise consistently is in the morning before everyone wakes up, hold that time sacred. If they wake up early, let kids know you are not to be bothered until a certain time (within reason of course).
Whatever time exercise works for you, put it in your calendar and treat it as you would a regular appointment.
MAKE A COMMITMENT
Are you motivated by having to pay someone money? A lot of people feel that they are more committed if they’ve paid for something. If that describes you, pay for a local exercise class, trainer, or other exercise group. You’ll be sure to show up because well, you paid for it!
Another way to look at commitment is to share your goals with others. Make your goals and your routine public. It can be scary, but it can also be very helpful as people will ask you how you’re doing.
One of the ways I love to commit to myself is by making sure my goals are clearly written out and easy to follow. This makes it easier to stick to.
I’ve made a worksheet just for you that guides you through the exact process of creating and sticking to your goals. It helps you focus on one thing at a time and sets you up for success from the very beginning by making the steps of your goal simple and manageable. If you’re ready to take care of yourself by actually sticking to your goals this time, download the worksheet before taking one step further!
FOCUS ON IMMEDIATE BENEFITS
Can you believe I just said that? Isn’t everything in the world of fitness and health all about long term benefits and pushing through until you reach that long term goal?
Well, I’m here to tell you that the right way to exercise is to focus on the immediate benefits. Because let’s be honest, having better cholesterol in 10 years will probably not motivate you to get off that couch.
I wrote a whole post about this topic and it’s good. Read allll about it here.
CHANGE IT UP
Last, but not least, doing the same thing every day for weeks on end can be boring. Change it up. It’s as simple as that.
Our bodies get used to exercise we do consistently so we might find it gets easier to do or even feel a little bored with it. Find something else you love to do and incorporate it into your routine. Or, try making the same routine harder by adding more weights, more intensity, or more time.
The key is to not let yourself get in a rut with exercise because you’re bored of doing the same thing over and over again. When you start to feel those feelings, try something new!
If you want to make exercise more of a priority in your life and need help mapping it out, grab the stick to your goals worksheet. You’ll be glad you did on month 4 when you realize this is the first time in your life you’ve really stuck to a good program!