Is one of your goals for 2020 to exercise regularly? Do you start exercising, sure this time you'll stick to it and then stop? Is it hard to find the time? I know exactly how you feel. It took me awhile to create an exercise routine that I could do consistently.
Our lives are so demanding between work, family, maintaining a house and trying to squeeze in a little fun. So aren't you envious of those people who stick to a workout routine? What is their secret?
But first, did you know that it is really important to move your body every day? We were never meant to sit for long periods of time. Whether it is at a desk, during a long commute to work or we are just chilling, sitting for long periods of time is bad for our health.
Mayo Clinic reports that research has linked sitting for long periods with a number of health concerns. They include obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting overall and prolonged periods of sitting also seem to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
In addition to the above, if you are having digestive health issues, such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, brain fog, moodiness and abdominal pain, lack of exercise can be a contributing factor. Now, I am not recommending that after you eat you need to go do something strenuous like running. But moving your body throughout the day will promote daily bowel movements and can help ease other digestive health issues.
While daily exercise can help relieve some digestive health issues, you may feel like you need a more comprehensive plan. I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist teaching others how to stop suffering from poor digestive health and get back to living. I offer a FREE 30 minute consultation so we can talk about how you are feeling.
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Now, here are the 4 secrets of people who routinely workout.
SECRET #1: They enjoy their chosen workout
The reason people stick with a workout routine is they found an activity that they really love! They look forward to the workout. If you aren't working out regularly right now, this may seem odd to you. How can someone love their workout? If you don't love what you are doing for exercise, you need to try different classes or gyms to find out what you like.
Most gyms or classes have a either a first class free program or a reduced rate for a week to see if the gym or class works for you. There are all sorts of classes you can try for free! Zumba, kick-boxing, spin/cycling, Mega-former, Yoga, Cross-fit, Interval training - the list goes on and on. So look in your local area for fitness classes and ask for a free trial.
Since the class will be new to you, don't expect to be able to do the routine flawlessly. Most new exercises take at least 5 classes to really understand how to maximize the benefits of the class. The most important part of the trial is to figure out if the class is something you can stick with and be excited about doing regularly.
SECRET #2: They schedule their workouts
You schedule work, doctor's appointments, sporting events, trips to visit family - why not schedule your workout routine? You will be more likely to stick to a routine if you write or post it in your calendar. Another benefit of putting it into your calendar is you can see the progress you've made and feel good about it!
Plus, scheduling your workouts will lead to a more varied routine, which will keep it interesting. If you find a gym that has a full calendar of classes, then you can schedule Spin/Cycling on Monday, Weight/Strength training on Tuesday, Wednesday as a rest day, Thursday Zumba and Friday elliptical machine day. The point is a schedule will help you develop discipline to workout regularly!
SECRET #3: They don't beat themselves up if they miss a day
Life happens! Even when you are in a routine and scheduling workouts, there will be days where you miss the schedule. Don't be upset with yourself. Instead, simply get back on track for the next scheduled day. The key to working out routinely is to allow for missed days. It is the long-term routine that will change your body and mind, not the short-term.
If you miss a day, there are other things you can do throughout the day to make up for the lack of working out. Try to walk more by parking further from the office building or store when shopping. If you work in an office, look for a standing desk so you can stand up instead of sit throughout the day. Also, incorporate more vegetables and fruit into meals to avoid feeling like you haven't done enough for your body on that day.
SECRET #4: They don't use a scale
What? No scale? How do you know if the workout is working? Look, you may have a weight loss goal and that is great. But stepping onto a scale everyday leads to frustration and bad feelings if you aren't happy with the number on the scale. When you feel bad about the effort you are making, you might stop exercising.
There are other benefits to working out regularly. Clothes will fit differently. It may result in weight loss or increased muscle mass. Routine health appointments may show lower blood pressure or cholesterol levels. These are all benefits of a regular workout routine.
If you must weigh yourself, make sure you do it at the same time, in the same place, with as few clothes on as possible (naked is always best). Plus, make sure you know how your body is feeling. The night before you may have had something salty so you are bloated or maybe you haven't had a bowel movement yet so you are feeling sluggish. Don't beat yourself up over weight fluctuations. It is natural for weight to fluctuate even throughout the day by about 3-5 pounds.
I hope you enjoyed this post on the secrets to exercising routinely. Do you think you can use these secrets to help you exercise regularly? If so, leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear what secrets your going to use!