By Emily Lemon and Hana Medvesek
Are you ready to make some positive changes in your life? Maybe you’ve tried it before and stuck with it for a few weeks or months. You’ll start to notice a difference in your energy levels, quality of sleep, and how you feel in your body. But then there was a setback. Maybe you got sick, went on vacation, or had to work on a big project that ate up all your time. There has been an interruption in your routine and you are ready to make a fresh start.
understanding How the brain works Trying to get back into your routine with yourself and sometimes against yourself can help you identify the best strategy to commit to fitness again.
3 Key Points of Exercise Commitment
There are three essential things to remember when establishing a new exercise routine. Try writing these phrases down and stick them on your wall so you don’t forget.
Whether you’re learning a new language, a musical instrument, or healthy relationships with people, the principle is the same. You have to be patient with yourself. It takes time to improve anything, and you’ll mess up a lot along the way. It’s no different with strength training.
The more time you invest in it and the more you practice, the better you will get. And the changes you experience in your mind and body are incredibly rewarding. So, be patient in your energy journey. Forgive yourself for taking breaks or overdoing it once in a while. Remember, this is a long-term investment in your relationship with yourself.
2. Building good practices
The ability to create healthy habits has nothing to do with strength of character or willpower. There are established strategies we can implement to set ourselves up for success. These include starting with small changes such as refilling your water glass every time you go to the toilet at work to ensure you stay hydrated. It helps if you do it every day, so if fitness is your goal, build more movement into your daily schedule by doing two push-ups when you get out of bed every morning or sitting up while you brush your teeth.
Setting up instructions for your practices can automate them. For example, if you plan to exercise in the morning, put on your workout clothes the night before. You’re more likely to put them on if you see them when you wake up. For more guidance on building healthy habits, check out Our blog post on the topic.
The best way to commit to fitness is to have the right mindset. Following a plan can give you structure and guidance, but you need to make sure you’re challenged but not overdoing it, but what really matters is purpose.
Mindset is so important, in fact, that it directly affects measurable aspects of your health. in 2007, Harvard University researchers They studied the effect of telling people they were getting exercise in cleaning hotel rooms during their daily work compared to a control group that was not told this information. There was a decrease in weight, blood pressure, body fat and BMI in the group compared to the control group. You have a vision of what kind of life you want to live; Keep an eye on it. Think about what you gain while you work and what you lose if you quit.
3 Tips to Stick to Fitness
Think about why you are doing this
What is the long-term impact of achieving your goal? What makes you proud and why? Keep exploring until you find an emotionally charged answer. When you connect emotionally to your vision, it motivates you on a deeper level.
What is your vision of “you are strong”?
Maybe it’s keeping up with your kids, watching your parents age, or having adventures with your partner or friends. Maybe you want to be a model. Or maybe you have too much energy and want to get it back. Something within you motivated you to start your energy journey and this gives you purpose. Remembering what motivated you to start will help you stick to your decision.
Surround yourself with reminders
Most of us habitually reach for our phones hundreds of times a day. Why not use this to your advantage? An easy way to do this is to choose a wallpaper that reminds you of your vision on your phone. That way, you can connect to your inner purpose for training every day. After you experience your first setback, you will easily remember the importance of starting in the first place.
Track your commitment
Instead of focusing on results like a number on a scale, focus on actions first, Like doing three workouts a week. For any new practice, especially strength training, it really helps to have a place where you can recognize the work you’ve done. The more details you track, such as what weight you use during exercise, the better! That way, when that critical voice in your head starts telling you that you’re not making enough progress, you have evidence that you’re doing the work and an effective way to judge whether you need to make changes to your plan or stick to it.
Now you’ve got a better understanding of how to stay motivated to work out, so remember: your vision can make all the difference in staying committed to fitness. If you have an emotional connection to your purpose, you will be more committed to achieving your goals. Set yourself up for success by establishing healthy habits in your daily life and remembering what to do. And remember to track your activities so you can look back and be proud of how far you’ve come!