How to Make Working Out a Habit
By Jessica Williams
Nobody said working out was supposed to be easy. We all know consistency is the key to seeing results, but it can be so hard to make working out a habit to stick to! Here are some tips to help push you to make working out a habit.
Find the exercises you enjoy
Some people love running on the treadmill, some prefer swimming. Some like to use the stationary machines, some enjoy lifting weights. It's a matter of preference, really-- and those who find what exercises they enjoy doing most are more likely to do them more often. So figure out which form of exercise works best for you, and watch how much easier it is to motivate yourself to work out.
Want to be able to run 3 miles? Want to be able to do ten pullups? Set some trackable, achievable goals for yourself to stick with. This is way easier to quantify than "I want to look fit". Plus, seeing yourself reach for and achieve the goals you set will motivate you even more!
Try this trick -- every time you go for a workout, put a dollar in a jar. After 100 workouts, you'll have $100 to spend on WHATEVER you want. New Lululemon leggings, a much-deserved trip to the spa, or a fancy date night with your partner. It'll give you something to look forward to, and every time you work out, you're one step closer to your fitness goals and those cute new sunglasses you've been eyeing for months.
Find a friend
Schedule your gym sessions with one of your friends to motivate you to get up and get out there. Having a workout buddy to hold you accountable makes it that much more difficult to back out of a gym session. If you use this as both a fitness session and a time for you to catch up with your friend, then you're killing two birds with one stone!