5 Ways to Turn Working Out into a Habit

February 1, 2015

Why should I take time out of my day to workout?

Everyone is busy. School gets in the way. Work gets in the way. Children get in the way. Tiredness takes its toll on us. There are always reasons/excuses to not workout. Who wants to work a 10-hour shift and then exercise? I’d rather get home and crash than go to the gym!

I could probably sit here for hours and hours and tell you why working out is good for you and why you should do it. Here are just a few reasons:

  • More energy
  • Healthier heart
  • Better sleep
  • Improves self image
  • Combats depression

There are psychological and physiological responses to exercise. I could probably go on and on about the science of it all. About how it decreases your resting heart rate and decreases blood pressure. In other words exercise is … Awesome!

Why do I exercise? It makes me feel amazing. I workout 5 to 6 times a week because it makes me feel good. I sleep better and I just feel so energized when I work out. If I miss two to three consecutive days of working out I feel awful. My husband straight up asks me “um… babe… have you missed a few workouts?” This blog post is in no way meant to make you feel like you need to workout everyday for an hour or two. It’s meant to encourage women to workout. To make you feel better and feel energized. I train my sister two to three times a week and after our workouts she feels encouraged and accomplished.

So here a few tips to getting you into the habit of devoting some time in your day/week to workout:

1. Figure out what your goals are.

  • Do you want to lose weight?
  • Tone your body?
  • Tone specific muscles?

There are different forms of exercise that should be used for certain goals. Some people think that if you do lots of core exercises that you can get rid of fat in that area while toning your core. That’s called spot reduction and it’s WRONG! To get rid of fat you need to eat healthier and do some CARDIO!

2. Decide how many days a week you will workout.

3. Figure out what time of the day works for you.

Morning? Evening? Try seeing if working out in the morning will work. Try it for two weeks. If you just feel straight up awful then the next two weeks try evenings. See what works better for you.

4. Figure out how long your workout can be.

Maybe just 20 minutes. Don’t start off trying to go to the gym every day for an hour if you haven’t been going to the gym at all. Don’t overwhelm your body, ease into it!

5. Make a program.

  1. If you decide how many days, what time, and how long your workout will be then you can make a plan
  2. Plan out a month at a time! Get a calendar or a blank piece of paper and write out your workouts for the month!
  3. If you workout three times a day then maybe you can divide the week by leg day, back day, and arm day. This is just an example, but I’ll help you figure it out.

So set goals, decide how many days a week, what time of day, how long you can devote per day, and then make a program!

Above all else stay encouraged. I hope this blog can be a place where women can encourage one another to stay motivated. I want to share some short awesome workouts that woman can squeeze in their hectic crazy lives.

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