By Cherri Megasko
Have you ever wondered why it seems so easy for some people to stick to their workout schedule? It’s almost like they have some sort of special gene that gives them the extra motivation they need to keep going month after month. But in reality, there’s no magic or mystery involved. These people have just developed good habits that make exercising a more natural part of their lives. Here are three habits of people who don’t skip workouts — and how you can adopt them, too.
Habit 1 – They integrate workouts into other parts of life.
Each of us has a routine that we follow day after day. Maybe we work five days a week or volunteer three days a week. Whatever these tasks are, they’re mandatory and not up for negotiation. The trick is to integrate your exercise into one of these mandatory tasks. Workout on your way home from work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or before you pick the kids up from school. Associating one of these tasks with your circuit training workout will make it more disruptive to skip.
Habit 2 – They workout with a buddy.
It’s far easier to skip a workout if you’re committed to no one but yourself. So, one way to be more successful is to recruit a buddy to join you. If you’ve committed to meeting someone on specific days at specific times, skipping a workout not only lets yourself down, it lets your buddy down as well.
Habit 3 – They keep a fitness diary.
Keeping a fitness diary is an excellent habit to keep you working out regularly. First, you get satisfaction from just writing it down … “Look! I did that!” But it also gives you a chance to record how you feel on days you exercise as well as on days you don’t. When you’re able to make the connection for yourself that you feel better when you’re exercising regularly, it makes your workouts a higher priority. Keep track of the Curves classes you take to make sure you’re trying a variety of levels and keep your workouts interesting.
You can take the excuses out of working out regularly just by adopting some or all of these habits. Give them a try and you’ll soon be the person others look at and say, “I wonder how she does it?”