I know that starting an exercise habit can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if it is very new. You can have the best intentions and start out really strong only to find yourself fading after just a few days. Sometimes all you need are a few tricks that can help make fitting exercise into your hectic life just a little easier. Here are 3 tips to help you stick to your exercise program.
#1 Write it in your planner or add it to your electronic calendar
As busy women, I am sure that you have some type of planner or calendar that you use to keep yourself organized. When you put something like a doctor’s appointment or a meeting on your calendar you won’t forget about it or skip out on it. Treat your workouts the same way. They are appointments you make with yourself. Using your calendar to plan your workouts will also allow you to see where you have pockets of time that you can realistically fit in a workout. Start by blocking out just 30 minutes of time. If your days and evening are jammed with meetings and appointments then consider adding them at the very beginning of your day, which leads me to my second tip.
#2 Lay out your workout clothes the night before
If you are going to start exercising in the morning before your entire house is awake and the craziness sets in, I would definitely recommend laying out your workout clothes the night before. It’s a lot easier to get dressed in the dark when your clothes are already laid out. You won’t be fumbling in the drawer for a sports bra or some socks while your husband is trying to sleep. If you really want to save yourself a few extra minutes in the morning you can even sleep in your workout clothes. In the morning all you have to do is roll out of bed and head to your workout space to get your workout session started!
If you are a stay at home or work at home mom, I would recommend getting dressed in your workout clothes. If you are already wearing your workout clothes you are more likely to take the 30 minutes out of your busy day to get your workout in.
#3 Find an accountability partner
Don’t embark on this journey alone. Recruit a friend to be your accountability partner. Make an agreement that you will send a quick text to each other every day to let them know that you got your workout in. When you know that someone is going to be waiting for that text it will help keep you more accountable to your goals. You can motivate each other on those mornings when you really don’t want to get out of bed or those nights when you would rather just curl up on the couch.
I hope that these tips will help you to stick to the program you have and that you will ultimately reach the goal you set for yourself. If you are in need of some guidance as to how to get started I’d be happy to set up a FREE 20-minute call with you! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can schedule a time to talk!