Tips on getting into a workout routine

May 23, 2014|Posted in: Health, Running, Workouts

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A lot of people I talk to say the hardest thing about working out is figuring out where to start.  That’s perfectly  understandable.  If you’re someone who hasn’t worked out consistently or at all, it’s tough to figure out how to begin.  I say start with getting yourself into a workout routine.  This routine turns into a habit and once you have a good habit, it’s hard to break.

This is one of the best things about creating this routine.  It becomes a part of your life.  It’s something you become used to and you don’t want to get rid of.  I began creating a workout routine for myself in college and once I got into the habit of it, it became a necessary part of my life.  This is how I have kept it going for so long!

I have a few tips on how to get yourself started into a workout routine.

  1. Find a few workouts that you enjoy.  This is very important.  If you don’t find a workout you enjoy, you probably aren’t going to do it.  You want it to be something you will look forward to and will make you feel good.  For me, this is definitely running and doing strength training.  For someone else it might be swimming.  Or doing the elliptical, biking, or dancing.  Plan which days you will do what – for example, run 3 days a week and strength train 2 days a week.
  2. Find a time of day that fits your schedule the best.  I have some of my best workouts first thing in the morning.  I don’t know how I do it sometimes but 5 am actually works really well for me!  Maybe you do better on your lunch hour under pressure or after work.  Whenever it is, identify that time in your schedule that you know you can get a workout in and you know that you can give it your best effort.
  3. Put it on your calendar.  Make it a part of your day!  This should be like a doctor appointment, going to work, or brushing your teeth.  It’s something you have to do and it’s already penciled in.
  4. Make it known to those around you when you will be working out.  This is very important especially for those who have family or other big obligations.  Make sure people know that you have this time scheduled and it’s something you have to do, no negotiations.
  5. Don’t give up if you miss a day.  Don’t be too hard on yourself!  So you started a routine and something happened which caused you to miss a day – that’s okay.  Just start back up the next day.  Don’t let it be an excuse to drop the whole thing.
  6. Have a backup plan.  I always plan my workouts but we know life gets in the way.  When it does, you should have a backup plan.  So if I know I can’t make it to the gym one morning for a work commitment, I have workout plans written for when I’m at home.  Then I do my 20 – 30 minute home workout that I have and even though I didn’t get the original workout done, at least I did something.
  7. Enjoy it!  Look at working out as your alone time and your time to take care of yourself.  It should be fun and something you look forward to for the most part!  It’s a time for you to focus on yourself, your thoughts, and your life.  Take the time to soak in the moment, embrace those endorphins, and have fun.

Getting into a workout routine might be hard at first but I promise you the benefits are worth it.  Give it a little time and it will become a new habit of yours that you will love.

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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