- Set A Time. This is perhaps the most important thing that you can do to keep yourself exercising each week. You need to set a specific time of day that each day (or every other day, depending on your exercise routine) you will use to work out. A lot of people like to set aside 30 minutes or an hour in the morning Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before they have to go to work to use as their exercise time. The morning has a couple of benefits – first of all, it gets it out of the way. You wake up, eat a light breakfast, work out for 45 minutes, shower, then go to work, and now you no longer have to worry about it. Most gyms noadays open at 6am, also, because of this very fact.
Regardless of what time you choose to set aside, it is critical that you do so. You will find it much easier to stick to a schedule if you actually have a schedule, and are not trying to fit in your exercise time at any odd time of the day. If you have a set time then you can plan your schedule around it, making it a higher priority. So give it a shot – think of a couple of time frames that might work for you and see which one works out the best, and then stick to it. You’ll find out that before long working out becomes just another part of your day.
- Listen To Music. This tip has helped me a lot to get the most out of my workouts. Previously I would get bored while exercising and half-ass my way through the workout, not getting as much benefit from it as I could have. I might cut off a set here and there or do less repetitions to make my workout go faster. Then I started listening to music – I created a playlist that was about the same length of my workouts and put it on while I was exercising. Immediately I could see it helping. It would keep me focused and pumped up, and the time would go by a lot faster. I would get the most out of each session.
You can fill your playlist with anything that you want, but I suggest listening to fast, upbeat music – stuff that will keep you pumped and pick you up. Give it a try, and I know that you’ll find it as useful as I have.
- Set Small Goals For Yourself. This is a good way to boost your confidence and make working out worthwhile in the short term also. Set small goals for yourself that take relatively short periods of time to achieve. This way you’ll have something else to work towards instead of the far off vision of a beach body that you want, something that you can see more immediate results. For example, maybe you want to lose 5 pounds in one month, or you want to workout for 2 weeks straight without missing one session. These goals are meant to be smaller but more achievable – little stuff that will help boost your will and dedication and make you feel more confident in your quest to make your body into what you ultimately want.