7 Easy Ways to Commit to Fitness
Although you have the best intentions of starting an exercise program, you eventually realize how much of a commitment it is. It isn’t as glamorous as it seems online, and it takes a constant effort to commit to your ideal fitness routine. If you find that you’re constantly stopping and restarting, here are 7 ways to commit to fitness.
Find Something You Like
For some people like me, most forms of exercise are enjoyable, but some people hate the idea of exercise. No one said all fitness had to be the same exercise type. To stay committed to an exercise routine, it should energize you and keep you coming back. It can be as simple as taking a 10-minute walk every day during lunchtime. Find something you love to do that makes it easy to commit to exercise.
When you are prepared for your workout, you will most likely attend it. Layout your clothes the night before and have your accessories ready for the next workout. Then, you will have no excuse not to go.
Use the Snowball Approach
The goal for staying committed to fitness is consistency. It’s easier to commit to your goals if you ease into them. I always tell people to do one thing consistently until it becomes a habit then add on. For example, if you want to attend the gym every morning before work, pick one day you know you can make it to the gym. When that becomes a habit, add on another day until you are up to at least 4 days of consistent exercise. Each time you can add another day, it’s a small victory to boost your confidence.
Patience is vital when it comes to committing to fitness. You are not going to become super fit overnight. In fact, your first maybe 10-20 sessions of exercise will be hard. Depending on your level of fitness and experience, it might take you longer than others to catch on.
One study looked at inactive women and placed them in a high-intensity workout program. They saw an 8% improvement in their fitness within 6 months. Don’t let this discourage you. Your body will eventually adapt to the new stress, and it will feel more manageable for you.
Find a Support System
Find people who will support your fitness goals. It’s easier to stick to fitness when you have like-minded people cheering you on. Sometimes it helps to find someone at the same level that can hold you accountable and motivate you. Just by telling someone your intentions leaves you with the responsibility to execute them.
Friendship accountability helps you stay on track. This idea is proven in a study where participants completed a weight loss program with friends. The participants were 95% successful in losing weight and 66% successful in maintaining their weight loss because of the social support of friends.
Dress The Part
Studies show that new gym clothes increase your motivation to attend your workout and improve performance during the workout. Have you ever gotten a new outfit and could not wait to wear it out? The same is valid for fitness. A survey conducted by barbell apparel of 2,000 gym-goers found that putting on gym clothes motivated them to attend their workout.
Get a new outfit to help you feel confident in your workout routine, and look the part. It is okay to fake it until you make it!
Find a Time That Works For You
Find a workout time that works best for your schedule. I am a morning person, so I love working out at 5 or 6 am. It helps set the tone for the day, and I feel more productive. There is even research to support that working out in the morning sets you up for better habits. However, it’s harder for me to attend a workout that is at nighttime. I will be more likely to cancel! Everyone is different. Pick a workout time that energizes you the most and guarantees commitment.
Be Easy On Yourself
Overall, fitness is a marathon, not a sprint. Staying committed takes constant effort that you may have to restart more than once. However, when you find something that sticks, run with it. Do whatever feels best for you to commit to fitness.