How To Make Fitness A Bigger Part Of Your Life
One reason you may be out of shape or unhealthy is that you’ve never taken the time to make fitness a bigger part of your life. The upside is that each new day is an opportunity for you to change your lifestyle and incorporate more movement into your daily routine.
You may not exercise or work out much because you aren’t sure where to start or it could be intimidating for you to join a gym when you feel unfit. Having the desire to want to improve your health and physique is a great goal to set for yourself and is very achievable with the right attitude and approach.
Adding fitness and exercise into your daily routine is an ideal way to benefit your health. When your life is busy enough as it is, and you have a set work schedule in place, scheduling daily workouts can feel tricky. However, with the proper goals and mindset, you can take steps to make fitness a daily routine.
Train for A Competition
One idea for making fitness a bigger part of your life is to train for a competition. For example, sign up for a half marathon or triathlon and force yourself to get into better shape and compete against others. If you’re going to participate in and complete the race, you’ll have no choice but to follow a training schedule and make sure you’re dedicating more time in your day to prepare for the big event.
Launch A New Career
Make fitness a bigger part of your life by launching a new career in the field. For example, register to take a personal trainer course and become qualified to accept new clients and make a living helping others reach their fitness goals. This way you can wake up each day prepared to train hard and continue to increase your fitness knowledge and skills over time. You’ll enjoy the flexibility, pay and physical and mental benefits that come from working as a personal trainer.
Get the Whole Family Involved
Another idea for incorporating fitness into your life more is to get the whole family involved. For instance, join a gym, go for hikes and cook healthier meals together so that you can all begin to live a healthier lifestyle. It’ll become more of a way of life instead of a chore when all of your family members are committed to and dedicating more time and energy to getting fit.
Find Activities You Enjoy Doing
One reason you may not enjoy fitness or working out right now is because you haven’t found the right kinds of activities for you. Keep in mind there are many different ways to stay fit and burn calories. For example, try swimming, take an aerobics class or practice yoga in your free time. It won’t feel like so much work, and you might actually want to exercise when you take the time to seek out physical activities you find pleasing.
Select your fitness goals
If you’re just building up a fitness regimen, you may not have a clear idea of exactly what you want to achieve. You may not even know what your body is capable of. That’s fine; even simply wanting to be stronger is a solid starting point. In general, it’s healthier and more effective to focus on strength you want to build or activities you want to perform, as opposed to a certain look.
- Some sample goals include: running a 5K without stopping, touching your toes, lifting your own weight above your head, and doing the splits.
- Some fitness programs and diets even discourage you from weighing or measuring yourself as you change your routines.Getting bogged down in the look of your body can distract you from what it can do.
- Write down your goals in a notebook and set an alarm to look at them in 3 months, 6 months, or a year.
Pick a realistic timeframe
Building a new routine can be tricky: it takes about 2 months for a new habit to become second nature. Still, you want to set goals that don’t feel too distant. Many fitness experts recommend a 3 month timeframe: a season is long enough that you can accomplish a great deal, but not so lengthy that you feel like you’ll never see the end of it.
- Some races and events, like marathons, have a somewhat standardized recommended training schedule.
- It’s okay to have smaller mini-goals. For instance, you may want to increase your resistance by 10% every 2 weeks on a certain exercise.
- Remember that working out every day is a goal in and of itself.
Seek out expert advice
Every body is different, and everyone’s goals are too. Because of this, there’s rarely one-size-fits-all fitness advice. You are powerfully positioned to learn, because you know yourself and your aims better than anyone does. Put some time in to learn what types of exercise will suit you and which ones you like. There are plenty of resources out there to help.
- Though it can’t replace an instructor who watches you in person, the Internet has many reliable fonts of fitness information. Start with the President’s Council on Fitness page.
- If you aren’t ready to venture outside with your fitness routine, there are plenty of workouts on YouTube that you can do at home with no equipment. Try Blogilates or Fitness Blender.
Try out a gym
If you have the option, do trial workouts at different gyms until you find a vibe you like. Even better, most gyms offer orientations, where an expert can show you how to use different types of equipment to safely maximize your workout. There are many criteria for selecting the perfect gym, including:
- Is it easy for you to get to?
- Is it usually full? Can you easily access equipment?
- Do you feel comfortable around the other members?
Experiment with group classes
Group classes offer the benefits of in-person instruction for beginners without the pressures of personal training. Plus, the regular schedules and presence of other fitness enthusiasts can help you stay motivated.
- If you’re trying to figure out what you like, try a service like Groupon or ClassPass. These offer a discounted pack of classes, so you can figure out if you’re really into hot yoga or spinning before committing to them.
It’s admirable to want to push yourself, but you can’t turn from a couch potato into a track star in a week. Exhaustion is real, and burnout can negatively impact your ability to reach your goals.Work your way slowly up to your exercise goals. For example, if you want to run, start out by walking at a brisk pace until your body feels comfortable and ready for jogging or running.
- Walk up and down flights of stairs instead of taking elevators or escalators, and park your automobile in the farthest spot away from your destination to increase your daily activity in the beginning.
- If you’re too tired for a full workout one day but still want to move, take a long walk or do house or yard work.
Schedule your workouts
You will best adhere to a routine if you designate daily times for exercise. Without a specific timeframe, you may be more likely to stray from your daily fitness commitment. Once you’ve been scheduling them for a month or two, your workouts will feel like a natural part of your day, just like showering or eating breakfast.
- You can split your workout into chunks if necessary for instance, running before breakfast and Pilates after work.
- Make a new color in your calendar for fitness, and officially mark off a block of time for it every day.
- Choose a time that complements your daily schedule. For example, if you join a gym located near your place of work, you can exercise early in the morning before you go to work, or in the afternoons or evenings following your work shift.
Find a workout buddy
If you’re more likely to keep social obligations than promises to yourself, it might help you to plan your workouts for two. Many people find that this helps them keep to their workouts, and, as a bonus, makes them enjoy their time. It’s a win-win.
- Try to find a buddy who’s at a similar level to you, so you can grow together. If one of you is much more experienced than the other, it might throw off the “buddy” power dynamic.
- If you’re a long-distance runner and you live in a town or city, there are probably multiple running groups you can join.
Pack your equipment ahead of time
This way, you can go to your workout without taking the extra time to prepare, which can be helpful if your daily schedule is extremely busy. Put together your gym bag for the following day before you go to bed, or keep your fitness equipment in your car or in a locker at the gym.
- If you keep your gym bag in your room, consider keeping it some place that is easy to see. This might help motivate you for the next day.
- If you keep your equipment in the car, remember to take it home each day so that you can clean your clothes and air out your bag.
Stretch every time you exercise
It may seem counterintuitive because it adds an extra 10 minutes at the end of your workout, but stretching may protect you from a lot of soreness tomorrow. Furthermore, it helps build flexibility and is a nice way to cool down your mind as well as your body at the end of a tough session.
- Be sure to do a comprehensive stretching routine that stretches all the major muscle groups.