Many people find working out boring and just lose interest, especially if they don’t see quick results. The simplest way to stick to an exercise routine is to find something you enjoy doing. By looking at your daily schedule, and the family’s schedule, you can see when it would be best for you to exercise. It might even be necessary to split up your workout and do smaller amounts of time throughout the day.
But, before you decide when you are going to exercise, you need to decide what kind you want to do. That will also affect how much time is needed. If you are planning to run, you’ll need to incorporate time for warming up and cooling down. If you want to take a class, you need to see if their offered times fit into your schedule.
Check out all the different styles of exercise out there, from running, aerobics, joining a sports team, to a martial arts school or gym. See if any of them offer a one time free trial class, to see if you enjoy that form of exercise. Just be sure to take it easy and not try to keep up with the class. More than likely, they’ve been doing it for a while and can do more. If you try to do too much, you will probably be horribly sore the next day and decide to never go back, even if you enjoyed it.
If you sign up for a class, the fact that you are paying for it will help motivate you to go back and get your money’s worth. It also makes it more enjoyable, as you all go through the same “pain”. The instructor can help you to get the most out of the class. By having the company of others, you can help keep each other accountable to keep going.
Some people do not feel comfortable working out with a group of people, possibly because they are self-conscious. However, working out alone is harder to stay motivated. Workout videos may be a good choice. Many of them are set up to be adaptable to your schedule, with some having twenty, thirty or sixty-minute workouts.
In order to stay on track, make yourself a chart that can be hung where it can be seen everyday. Mark on it all the days and times you plan to exercise. As you complete a session, mark it off. Make special goals along the way. Say you complete one full week without missing a session, you give yourself a prize. No, not a cupcake.
- Pick a type of exercise or two that you like to do.
- Pick the days of the week that you are going to commit to these exercises.
- Write down what days you will do what exercise.
- Mark off each day you complete what you said you were going to.
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