How to start! Keep a consistent workout.
It's understandable for many people to have trouble sticking with workout routines because of jobs, families, and friends. One can see how working out is at the bottom of the totemm pole. Here are different ways to keep a consistent workout (Stryker, 2013):
1. Creating an everyday ritual where you work out before work on the weekdays
2. Mark workout sessions on a calendar
3. Commit to a 30-day workout challenge
4. Start small and progressively get larger
5. Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t workout.
Above all, what’s important is to start. Don’t make the excuse, “Ooh, I’ll do it tomorrow.” Do it today.
Become a master motivator.
There is a theory that humans solely make their decisions on replication (Larsen, 2003). When you see others giving up, you are more prone to give up as well. To be motivated, you must believe in yourself. Having self-esteem will increase your motivation and will potentially enhance your workouts. Ask yourself meaningful questions like, “What will I get from quitting my workouts? Do I want to feel better about myself?” Create challenges and goals for yourself that are doable and achievable in order to keep you interested. Find a support base, or someone who will support your decisions. Always be positive because negativity will only bring you down.
Benefits of being active.
Being active allows you to maintain a healthy weight and prevent any unwanted weight gain. Exercising may help to reduce your risks of cancers, depression, type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and high cholesterol. Physical activity can also improve your mood, boost your energy levels, and help you fall into a deeper sleep quicker (Mayo Clinic, 2014). Being physically active can be fun. Go for a hike, take a swim, or join a dance class. Do workouts that you enjoy.