Exercise does not come in the form of just planned workouts. It’s a great idea to build it in your everyday life as a form of family fun. But it is also important to have some time each day for exercise. Having a good habit of fitness is a great way to reach fitness goals, but it is sometimes difficult to create this habit. This is why one has to be intentional about getting used to it.
8 ways to make health a habit
The hardest part of trying to be more active is to find a way to make it a daily habit. This is an area I’ve been working on for years, and I feel like I’m finally going somewhere!
Here are my best tips for getting into the workout (even when a million things are plotting against you)…
Make it a priority
We all know the benefits of exercise, from improved sleep to increased energy, but sometimes find excuses for sticking to fitness routines. Not just stupid excuses of not being able to find sports bras are legitimate. Every day, we face real struggles, such as the small ones that need food and bathing, dishes and laundry, and jobs or businesses that need attention. They are all important and can easily remove the exercise from the list.
But exercise is just as important as anything else. Therefore, making exercise a priority every day is key to assuring that it will actually happen. One bonus is that allocating some time each day for a fitness routine means that you get all the benefits:
- Exercise (can help you reach health goals)
- Time yourself
- The lesson for your children is that self-care is a priority
- Increasing energy
- Better sleep
According to the Harvard Health Article, regular exercise also improves memory and thinking abilities.
When you create a daily or weekly schedule, make sure you schedule a workout so you have no excuse not to do it.
When we make our day routine (including time for exercise) we have more control over our time. They say it takes only 21 days to become a habit, but when you start with the routine, it is much easier to go through those 21 days!
Some experts recommend exercising in the morning. Getting rid of your workouts first means that you are less likely to get in the way. Also, starting the day with cardio boost can help keep metabolism burning all day (and avoid unhealthy habits like eating sugar and crashing breakfast).
But finally, the best time of day for exercise is the time of day that will work best for you. Babies work well for some people in the morning before waking up, while at lunch or after dinner they may work better for others. Some people have more energy later in the day so they should take advantage of it!
Additionally, you may have to make fitness choices based on weather or climate. One of the keys is to find a time that works for you and your schedule so that you stick to your fitness goals.
Important caveat: As women, it may not be best for us to do the same thing every day at the same time. Women’s hormone specialist Alyssa Witty recommends building your routine around your cycle. This concept has helped me a lot… Check out this podcast on how it works.
Choose something you are passionate about
If you want to make fitness a habit, then you have to love what you have to do. No one wants to do the things they dislike!
Trying a workout activity you hate is a difficult battle to make. Instead, look for different possibilities for physical activity. Gym is not right for everyone, but walking, swimming, hiking, running, dancing, zombies, or recovering can make your street feel better.
There are many ways to get exercise out of the gym (and even in your own home).
- One of my favorites is Tibetan exercise because it doesn’t take long and burns serious calories.
- I currently use the Hunter Fitness program as part of my fitness and flexible routine.
- I’ve always loved kettlebells (the picture above is one of the many fun kettlebell options available from camels).
- This home-based bike has been a game changer with the help of AI. It’s an investment, but also years of gym membership fees!
- Consider exercising as a family. We recently started pole revival lessons together and it’s great to see kids doing moms and dads doing some daring work!
The point is, changing our workout stores often brings back this sense of fun and play that keeps us as a family in a vibrant lifestyle.
Be diverse with your practice
As I mentioned above, it is important to look for something, but it is better to find multiple activities. Different activities use different muscles in the body and they are different levels of cardio, so it is a good idea to do some kind of exercise through which you move. It can also help you avoid being angry with one activity.
I like to get something for every occasion. That means I have a normal indoor floor exercise routine that I can do at home anytime. I also have outdoor activities (walking or hiking), and I have something to do with friends or family – backyard sports, volleyball, or, currently, pole beating!
just do it
One of the most difficult parts of starting a new fitness routine is getting started every day. An easy way to exercise yourself more often is to make the rule that you must start your chosen exercise but you do not need to end it. Tell yourself that if you want to leave after 5 minutes, you can.
This works because the hardest part is usually starting and once you get to it you don’t feel resistant to exercise. Often you remember how good it looks and want to keep going!
Make rules for good ipping days
I have found that the best way to make fitness a habit is to make a rule that I cannot skip for more than a day. This helps me exercise more often because I have to plan carefully on my Skype day. For example, if I am married one day and I do not think I will have time to exercise, I am sure that I will exercise in the first day and plan to exercise one day.
Make it easy to keep up with it
When we add something new to our lives, it can be difficult to adjust. It may be a struggle at first to follow your fitness plan, but in the end, it will become a habit that you cannot survive without.
However, there are some things you can do to make it as easy as possible to stick to your fitness routine, as you will fall off the wagon. Minimize barriers to working as much as possible:
- Make sure your workout clothes are clean
- Bring clothes for workout if you plan to go to the gym later (instead of leaving home first).
- Plan to hike with friends so it’s more difficult to stay behind
- Sign up for a Pilot Class in a building close to home (or work) as possible
Another important barrier to dealing with young children. Find a way to get kids involved in at least one physical activity so you never get the excuse for not exercising. Walking is great when you can have an outdoors kiddo (or older one who likes to walk) when you have only one small and one bag styled baby carrier. For school-age children, a tag or football game can be played.
Make the right goals
Remember that increasing your level of exercise is ultimately about better health (although a healthy weight is possible). Instead of measuring results like stepping on a daily basis, focus your efforts. If you make sure that you do your best to take care of yourself every day, many other goals will just come in place.
These health apps have helped me set realistic goals and stay motivated to track solid results.
Creating a Fitness Habit
As a busy mom, we have many legitimate excuses for why we can’t exercise in our day. But the fact is that because we are busy, exercise becomes even more important as a way to reduce stress and gain more energy. These tips have helped make my workouts a routine part of my day, and I know they can help you too!
How do you make fitness a habit?