Why does it seem so hard to get back into a normal routine after the holidays?
I keep asking myself this question as I veg out on Netflix and avoid my set of free weights collecting dust in the corner of my bedroom. There are days when I feel like Super Mom and other days when I’d rather eat a box of freshly baked chocolate donuts and call it a day. Keeping up with all of those great resolutions we made at the beginning of the year is no easy task.
I’ve been working hard at getting back into a regular exercise routine. I feel so much better when I’m working out regularly. My stress levels are lower which basically means my kids love me more (ha!) and I know that I’m doing something great for myself. Even though you know you should be out there hitting the pavement, it’s not always that easy. You’ve got a job, a house to take care of, kids to raise and well, sometimes there’s just not enough hours in the day to think about yourself. But Mama, that’s one of the most important things you can do. If you find yourself struggling to get back into a regular exercise routine, read on.
Set a Goal
Start by setting a goal whether daily, weekly, or monthly. Think about your own personal schedule and look for times during the day that you could add in a little exercise.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Knowing this will help you find what works for you in the long run. Next, write those goals down! Taking the time to write down your new goals will help you to act on it. There’s just something about a written list that really gets you motivated. Once you’ve written down how often you’d like to exercise, decide how long each exercise session should be.
Setting smaller, more manageable goals tends to work out better than going for something that’s too far out of reach too soon. I agree with this especially when it comes to getting back into an exercise routine. Setting an out of reach goal makes failing that much easier which may cause you to give up entirely and go back to Netflix and donuts. So start with a small goal and work your way up to bigger goals later. If you are a beginner set of goal to walk 10 minutes around the block or even 5 minutes if that seems more manageable. Any amount of exercise is beneficial to the body and will bring positive results over time.
Before you know it you’ll have gone farther than you ever thought you could.
Find A Buddy
Maybe it’s the competitive side of me, but I’ve found that working out with a friend keeps me motivated and I exercise more than I would have alone. A workout buddy can help you stay accountable for your exercise goals as well. Start by sharing your goals with your friend and ask them to do the same with you. Help each other stay motivated by checking in on each other’s progress. You won’t believe how much more likely you are to stick with your new, healthy routines if you have to talk about the progress you made with your buddy.
Do What You Love
It’s so important to choose an exercise that you love. I’m not really much of a runner. I can and do run but it’s not really one of my favorite things to do. On the other hand I love to ride my bike, and could totally deal with doing that all day as long as I have enough water and a little snack to keep me going. The reality is that you are much more likely to look forward to and keep up with your exercise goals if you’re doing something that lifts you up and that you truly enjoy.
Getting back into regular exercise doesn’t have to be so hard. Start out by setting a goal and writing it down. Start off small and find a buddy to keep you motivated. Don’t forget to always do what you love, and choose an exercise that makes you happy. These simple tips will help you get on the right track and stay there.
Until next time!