Making exercise a daily habit can be extremely difficult- especially for people who aren’t naturally prone to working out. In fact, women are less likely to be naturally inclined to have a workout routine. But that all stops now. As March is International Women’s Month, it’s time to celebrate and embrace how easy it is to start and maintain a fitness routine for women.
As a woman myself, I understand the struggle of wanting to look and feel great while simultaneously hating the thought of being gawked at when stepping foot inside a gym. As a result, I have found some clever ways of still having a fitness routine while actually being excited about it. Here are some of the ways that you can make fitness a habit as a woman and begin embracing your amazing body.
Timing Is Everything
The first step in creating a routine is actually making time for it. In fact, it’s up to you to decide when you’re most likely to stick with something- in this case an exercise routine. Is it the mornings? Is it right after work?
Pick a time that you know you are the most likely to workout. I am someone who needs to workout in the morning. So, I have my alarm set for 5:30am most weekday mornings to ensure that I squeeze in a workout every morning before heading into the office.
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Reminding yourself about a scheduled exercise is a great way to make sure you hold yourself accountable. In fact, on the days when I go to a SoulCycle class, I have a calendar reminder in my phone to alert me to get going to class. This is a great way to make sure that I am doing everything I can to workout and feel great in my body.
Just Start Small
You don’t have to do anything big or enormous when beginning a fitness routine. In fact, you want to make small shifts if you want to create a fitness routine that you will enjoy and want to maintain. This is most likely the greatest suggestion of the entire list. As soon as I start exercising, I notice that my tired body begins to wake up.
And once it’s warmed up I can feel how strong it gets with each move I make. It is in these moments that I get to thank my body for everything that it does for me and how strong I really am. The goal here is to just get your body into the habit of moving on a regular basis. Once you find your moving your body on a daily basis, the habits will easily form themselves- without much effort on your part.
Always Make It Fun
There is nothing worse than dreading a workout. In fact, I try to make all my workouts fun and as pleasurable as possible. If you associate a habit with pain, you are less likely to continue doing it. But if you can find active things that you enjoy doing, it will be a lot easier to make working out a part of your daily routine.
Just finding and curating the perfect playlist can do wonders for your desire to workout.
Getting Ready The Night Before
Being prepared for a workout is always crucial- particularly for those folks who tend to make excuses on the regular. In fact, I prefer to lay out all my workout gerat the night before so that in the morning when I wake up, I don’t have to think about where it is or what I need to wear to get my heart rate up.
There are a lot of different tips and tricks to help get you working out on a regular basis. And it is a lot easier than you think to move your body, have fun, and love the results.