You’ve said it for years — for your New Year’s Resolution, at the first sight of spring, a few weeks ahead of summer to fine-tune your beach body. But you’ve never been able to make an exercise routine stick. Either you haven’t found the time in the day or you’ve lacked the motivation to continue. After a couple short-lived workouts, you find yourself back into the familiar routine: grinding through the day, running on little sleep, eating heavy meals and sucking down one 16 oz. coffee after another. But if you have a last push to save your health before you’re out of touch with it altogether, this article will help you.
Take a look at these four straightforward ways to trick your body into working out, from Bombay Jam!
The mental turmoil that comes knowing you’re about to head into a two-hour workout is enough to make it not even happen at all. Some of you reading may be thinking: Start small… really? How is that supposed to motivational?
But it is. Starting small allows you to form habits. Working out for two hours right off the bat is great, but not much help if you don’t make it past the week exercising. Tell yourself you’re going to workout for 15 minutes, just to get the blood flowing. Chances are you’ll surpass the 15 minutes and get a solid workout in without having to hurdle any mental roadblocks.
Find Your Organic Drive
There’s something unique to everyone that drives and motivates. It could be money, social status, family, writing, painting, reading, gardening—whatever. Entwine what drives you organically with your workout routine to ensure you stick with it. If you love gardening, don’t allow yourself to check on your plants until you’ve broken a sweat for the day. If reading or writing is your go-to cerebral activity, promise yourself you’ll only read a new chapter or write a new poem at the pace you finish a workout. You might find the process frustrating at the start, but training your willpower around the things you can’t help but doing will yield a consistent and rewarding workout-to-hobby ratio.
Get Your Friends Involved
Another aspect of your life to pay attention to is your friend group. You may have great well-intentioned friends, but they also may be distracting. Maybe your go-to social atmosphere is a bar or going out to eat. Try to vary the scenarios in which you all hang out. Take a community-based Bombay Jam dance workout and fitness class for an energetic, social atmosphere where you’ll hardly feel like you’re just working out. In fact, dancing to a mash up of Bollywood and Top 40 hits will have you solidifying your routine in no time. You could also play basketball in the park, or go on a long bicycle ride. Any activity or adventure that can be disguised as a workout is perfect to trick your mind.
Tweak Your Habits
If you’ve been sedentary for a while, it’s hard to pick up a full-on exercise routine without changing your daily habits. Once again, you’ll want to start small to form a habit. If you have stay up too late at night, go to sleep 10 minutes earlier for a week. Once that’s in place, increase it to 20 minutes. If you rely on coffee too much to get you through the day, switch to caffeinated tea a few days a week. It’s less harsh on the system and doesn’t bring the rapid ups and downs quite like the java. How drastic you end up changing your daily habits is up to you, but you’ll get there by adjusting gradually.
Following the above tips with an honest and patient effort will slowly make your lifestyle healthier and routine easier to stick with. Have any other tips for building an exercise habit? Let us know in the comments section!