By now, you are probably aware the role exercise can play in our lives. Working out and exercising is an opportunity to have our body harden to resistance and come out stronger in the end. It also helps you reduce body fat, gain muscle, and have a more regulated mood and mental compacity. Doctors recommend an hour of exercise a day, and that is the bare minimum. Trainers and nutrition experts usually recommend 2 hours or more of exercise a day, even if that exercise is light and low intensity. So this includes things like walking, jogging, running, lifting weights, or anything that will make your body more active and helps you burn calories. Having a routine for your exercising is very important, but what your routine will consist of is the more important part. Here are some great ways to find the perfect exercise routine for your lifestyle.
Goal Setting and Routines
This will all start with a goal. It should be simple and attainable. If you are 350 pounds please don’t set your goal to be 150 by next week. Pick something you want to realistically do. Let’s say you want to lose weight and like to jog. Your goal should be, “exercise and run for a total of 5 hours this week”. Once you have picked a goal, determine on your tactic for attaining it this week. “I will run 1 hour a day for my entire workweek”. So, after work, you run for an hour. Over time it becomes easier, but you keep your goal close in your mind so you can begin to make a routine. It will take a few weeks of back to back dedication to make your goal into an easy-to-remember routine.
The Best Way to Start from Scratch
Here is the best advice in this whole article: Creating a new routine is hard because of human nature. If we wish to establish new trends in our lives, the best way by far is to connect it with an already existing routine. For me, the best way to do that is to establish the “don’t break the chain” method, simply meaning you force yourself to compulsively comply with your new routine for fear of ending your streak. I connect going to the gym with going to work every day. If I go to work, I HAVE to go to the gym. This method has paid tremendous dividends to my cause. I now accomplish a 5-day gym routine because I work 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. The trouble I have with this routine is usually Monday evening after work, I’ve broken the streak through the weekend and now it’s time to restart it. I make it a specific point to hype myself for the first workout of the week. Pick your favorite workout, for me its arm and chest day.
Start Small If You Are New
If you wish to just start developing a routine for yourself now, the best advice is to start a small routine that you can gradually work into a fulltime one. This might include something like going for a run once every 3 days for a week. The next week you work up to every 2 days, and pretty soon you would be able to run every day without it being a complete shock to your body. This is no different for lifting weights, or doing sessions of cardio each day. Start at a minimized version of what you wish to accomplish, and gradually work your way up from there. You’ll notice the shock of this new routine will be easier on your body and overall more acceptable and enjoyable. This not only works for exercise routines, but any healthy routine you wish to put into practice.
Finding What You Love in Exercising
Being active does have to be all tiring and tedious workouts. There is such a diverse amount of exercising methods around today that choices seem endless. From low impact routines likes palates or beginner’s yoga, to high intensity weight lifting and marathon running. Each of these sectors of exercising have tons of subcategories that go into them, each with their own special characteristics. The activities in them vary and all offer something different. If you have had issues with finding engaging exercises in the past, we recommend trying many different areas of exercising to find something that activates your drive to better yourself. Find an enjoyable activity. Some people find great meditative qualities in jogging or running, while others find their peace of mind especially in yoga and other stretching routines.
What it Takes to Actually Form a Routine
Studies show that it can take up to 64 days to establish a habit. Routines and habits run hand and hand, although it can be argued that habits are even more established than a routine. Either way, it takes at least a month or two to make something second nature, so that you do not even have to put effort into initiating working towards your goal. This is how you accomplish your exercising goal. We all have one, even if it is just to get active a few more hours a week. The effort starts with you, and with enough dedication will become a part of your normal rotation for the week.
If you have been wanting to get healthy, but seem to have trouble making anything happen about it, consider the tips above to establish a healthy routine that will help you work your way towards your goal. Anyone can do this, it takes the planning and self-control to execute this perfectly, and we do not expect you to get it right the first time. Attempting to establish a new routine is hard on your life, since you already have your own regular routine that you are so used to doing every day. Since failure is inevitable, we encourage you to keep trying until you find your own specific routine to help you achieve your health goals. Only through failure will you find what truly works, good luck!Follow us on social media: