How To Stick To A Routine
Here are tips to help make exercise a habit, no matter how busy your work schedule:
1) Track it
Seeing progress is a great way to stay motivated. Use a digital or paper fitness journal to keep tabs on how many miles you run or walk, calories you burn, when you hit the gym, or any other metric that matters to you. Logging this data can help you stay accountable and keep moving forward.
2) Take it step by step
No matter your level of exercise, it’s important that you don’t do too much, too soon. This is especially true if you’re starting to incorporate workouts into a busy workweek. Stay slow: A 20-minute run or a short body weight workout is a good place to start.
3) Bring a buddy
A friend is a perfect way to stay accountable, even if it means a 5 a.m. wakeup call. Studies show support from friends and family can go a long way in the weight room.
4) Do it for you
Science doesn’t lie: If you’re motivated to work out because you love it, a feeling that’s also known as intrinsic motivation, you’ll see better results. Self-motivation can go a long way; if you truly believe you can push yourself for the right reasons, exercise will be a rewarding part of life rather than a chore or a punishment for unhealthy behaviors.
Staying active with a full-time job is no easy feat. Make sure you take time to reward yourself for sticking it out, even when an upcoming deadline or performance review stresses you. Go out to eat with friends, buy a new pair of jeans, or do something else that makes you feel good. Make sure to take some rest days—at least one to two per week.
6) Mix it up
Slogging on the treadmill every day after work can bore anyone enough to give up exercise. Mix up your routine with cardio, weights, yoga, and rest. Experiment with different times for exercise, too.
7) Stay at home
Perhaps the easiest way to workout is to cut out the commute. If a car ride to the gym deters you or the weather isn’t so great, there are countless ways to exercise right at home with YouTube videos, online classes (like those offered by Daily Burn and mindbodygreen), or the workout below.