Struggling To Create Good Exercise Habits?
Are you having a hard time sticking to your workout sessions?
If you’re someone who seems to be yo-yo’ing on and off your plan, chances are, you’re not getting the results you’d hoped for.
One of the biggest factors in seeing success with a workout program is to make sure that you are staying consistent.
You can have the best workout program ever created and if you aren’t doing it regularly, you won’t be seeing results.
Therefore, one of the best ways to ensure this doesn’t become an issue for you is to put your workouts on autopilot. How does one do this?
Here are some quick tips to get you started.
Exercise At The Same Time Daily
The first thing that you should be doing is getting into the habit of exercising at the same time daily if at all possible.
When you workout at the same time and have a designated time that you should be exercising, you’ll come to find that after not too long, it feels odd if you aren’t exercising.
You’ve now built it right into your normal schedule and your chances of skipping it are that much lower.
If you can choose to exercise first thing in the morning, even better. This tends to work best for adherence because the only thing crowding out this time period will be you hitting your snooze button.
Lay Out Clothing The Night Before
Another smart trick to help put your workout on autopilot is to lay out your workout clothes the night before – or prepare your gym bag ahead of time and ensure it’s always ready and waiting.
The less you have to physically do to get ready for your workout session, the better.
Often it’s enough to just have to think about getting the workout in, if you have to spend 15-20 minutes getting ready, it can prevent you from moving forward.
Promise Yourself 10
The next quick way to ensure that you turn your workout on autopilot is to always start promising yourself 10 minutes.
We spoke earlier how getting into the routine of exercising at the same time daily is important for making it become more automatic.
Well, what if you don’t feel like it any given day? Still focus on going through the motions.
Choose to hit the gym for 10 minutes and if you still don’t feel like carrying on after that, promise yourself that you can stop and call it a day.
At least then you will have still made the commitment to making it a regular part of your life.
Plus, more often than not, after those 10 minutes are up, you’ll choose to continue on and carry out the workout session anyway.
Get Comfortable With Your Plan
Finally, the last thing that you need to do if you want to put your workout on autopilot is to make sure that you are comfortable with your plan.
Now, this doesn’t mean that your plan is comfortable, meaning you don’t have to put much effort in to complete it.
It means that you know precisely how to do every exercise, without question, in your workout routine.
If there are any doubts or hesitation, focus on clearing those up first.
These doubts can only prevent you from entering the gym to do the workout session and will in time lead to you falling off the bandwagon.
So try these techniques out and you might just find that you finally figure out how to become one of those people who naturally sticks with their workouts at all times.