Tricks to Help You Get Ready for Exercise
There are aspects of staying healthy that I struggle with. Exercise is one component that I have not had too much struggle with and actually enjoy doing.
The only challenge I have is consistency!
Because of my past experience, I thought I’d share my tricks to help you get ready for exercise.
To ensure that you will have success with your exercise routine, you may want to have a goal.
It’s not absolutely necessary. However for some, if you don’t have a goal, it is easy to convince yourself that it’s ok to take a day or more off from exercising.
Have you ever thought about walking your first 5K? Have you dreamed you could learn how to ski?
It doesn’t need to be a goal of how much you want to weigh. What if you fit in your clothes better? You gained more muscle? You are able to walk further than you ever have before?
What do you picture yourself doing?
- How do you want to feel?
- How do you want to look?
- How do you see yourself in a few years?
- Could you be a role model for others to get healthy?
Set some goals if you feel that it will give you the extra motivation to workout on a consistent basis.
HAVE WORKOUTS AND EQUIPMENT YOU LIKE
The fastest way to have a new exercise route come to a sudden halt, is to attempt a new routine doing exercise that you absolutely hate!
It’s one thing to try something new to see if you like it. But to force yourself to go running, or swim laps, when you know you don’t enjoy it, means you are setting yourself up for a disaster.
Trying new routines is a great idea!
Do you have friends who can lend you exercise equipment or workouts on DVD before you purchase?
Maybe try a gym with a free week membership before you commit to a year.
Try some fun new ways to get into shape, working out your heart, and muscles getting stronger!
The key for us, is to not get to the point where we are burned out. Once we are in burnout mode, we may give up on exercise all together!
I like to have a handful of things I really enjoy doing for exercise!
When I have a variety of workout ideas in my back pocket, I know I can switch it up each day or a few times a week.
Brainstorm and make a list of things you like to do that gets your blood pumping and work those muscles. Don’t feel you have to limit yourself to weights and a DVD, so many possibilities to exercise both indoors and out!
Time of Day
Are you more of a morning person? Do you have some time in the morning where you can get your workout complete?
Morning routines can set your day on the right track!
I have found that if I plan on working out in the morning, I am not moving as fast. Once I am ready and exercising, I feel my energy level rising.
Maybe you would prefer to end your day with a good workout.
When I was younger, in my 20’s, I loved working out after coming home from work. I had the time after work, and it kept me from just sitting on the couch vegging until bedtime. Plus, after a good workout, I slept like a baby!
Ready to Workout
Being a morning exerciser, I decide the night before which workout I want to do.
This will make a difference in the kind of clothes I wear.
I layout my clothes the night before so I can roll out of bed and throw my workout clothes on.
Especially if I am going to go outside to walk or hike, I want to have the right clothes, know I will be warm, or prepared for the heat and sun.
I also pack my waist bag if I go for a long walk or hike. That way, I am not wasting time in the morning looking for what I need to my workout.
For evening workouts, I may bring my workout clothes with me, or have them laying out when I return home.
Having the clothes ready to put on, will give me a better chance of avoiding the decision that exercise can wait until the next day.
You may find packing a gym bag before work would be helpful. My oldest son would make sure he had his gym bag and workout clothes ready in his car, just in case he decided to stop at the gym and wanted to play pickup.
Other ideas for preparation:
- Water bottle
- Bike lock
The key is to plan ahead and always be prepared. Water is a super important part of being prepared!
Don’t give yourself any reason to talk yourself out of getting your exercise.
Being consistent is key to reaching your goals and seeing the changes in your life you are seeking.
This is the one area that I struggle with. I love to exercise, but I am not always consistent.
When I decided 10 years ago to run a marathon, I wasn’t really a “runner” before. I was starting from scratch.
But, by using a running plan for beginners that I found online, I made the commitment to follow this plan. I was super proud of myself, how I stuck with it. In 2006, I completed my first marathon. No group, no coach, just me and my plan.
There were days I’m sure I wanted to crawl back into bed.
I started my training in late winter, and I ran in every season until the big day. When I went out, even in cold icy weather, I knew I was excited the upcoming goal.
I created a habit.
What can you do to stay consistent?
Do you have a friend that can exercise with you? Would you benefit from an accountability group?
Make it fun, easily accessible, with some accountability!
BACK ON THE WAGON
Most of us will go through a time where we get sick, we get busy, we are going through a hard time, and exercise is the last thing we feel like doing.
I get it.
I have fallen off the wagon a many times.
What I found is that the longer I waited to get my momentum, the harder it was to get back to the routine of exercising.
Don’t go at this alone.
My hope is you have some support, a friend that can meet you to walk, or a sibling that meets you at the gym.
Stay on the wagon, so you keep moving forward!
KEEP IT FUN!
We can take care of ourselves, with food and exercise, and keep it fun and rewarding.
Getting back to better health does not need to feel like torture!
Keeping exercise fun will ensure that you have a better chance of keeping the habit in the long term.
This isn’t a short game.
Our health, strength, and flexibility will effect the long term.
What we do now will give us a longer and healthier life!