This is a topic that so many people ask me about. Creating a fitness routine that actually has you excited and motivated to take part in it and keep you on track. Fitness Routines and Exercise in general is completely bio-indivudial meaning that each and every person will react differently and enjoy different types and styles of training, and that is completely ok! We are all unique and I think that it is so important to listen to your body and do what feels best to you in regards to exercise. Here are some of my tops tips on how to create a routine that you will love and will want to stick to....
- Find a way of movement YOU LOVE
This is the most important point in my opinion, if you absolutely hate weight training and you schedule yourself to do 3-5 weight training sessions per week, see how that could be a problem? You are going to end up hating the gym and skipping over your scheduled workout time because you simply hate it. Instead of thinking that weight training is the only way to reach your goals, search around, do some research and sit down and think about what type of movement makes you happy. Maybe going to yoga in the morning, going for a run, biking around your neighbourhood, doing circuits at home, dancing, group fitness classes or anything else you can think of would be better suited for you. What makes a routine effective isn't the type of training it is, its consistency! if you are showing up to it every week and having fun the results will follow along with it. For me, I have always loved cycling every since I was young so I am always out and about riding my bike and now teach spin classes as well. This keeps me excited and motivated to stick to my routine because I honestly love it. I also really enjoy weight training for the simple fact that it makes me feel strong and unstoppable, pushing my body to its limits is such an amazing feeling and I love the health benefits of it too!
2. Schedule Your Session & Make It A Priority
If you are wanting to see results and have some consistency with your routine then you will need to schedule it in your calendar. This simple action will make your session more of a priority when you see it written down in a time slot on your calendar. This will also help you organize other daily activities around it to make sure you can fit it in. If a fitness routine is something you are really wanting to implement into your life then have a look at what other daily activities you are doing that you may be able to give up or shorten so that you can fit in a quick session. Once its written in I like to either have my calendar somewhere I can always see it or highlight the sessions with bright coloured pens so that it stands out and reminds me to go workout.
3. Try Group Fitness Classes In Your Town
Group fitness classes are such a fun and motivating way to try out new exercise styles and have fun while doing it. Grab a friend to go with, book some classes you have been wanting to try and see what works best for you. There are so many new fun classes to take these days and having a group setting works wonders for staying motivated and introducing a little competitiveness back into your routine :) Whenever I go on a trip anywhere, I love to check out which classes the city offers to get new ideas for workouts and classes for me to teach when I get back home. This is also a great way to make new friends if you don't have many who are into fitness and healthy living, some of my best friends now are people I have met through being in a gym or fitness studio.
4. Make Your Goals Realistic
Something I learned from school when studying for my personal training certification was the concept of S.M.A.R.T. goals. What this means is creating goals that are, specific, measurable, action oriented, realistic and timely. Getting very clear on what your goals are and having a specific plan of action on how to get there within a realistic time frame is going to make a world of difference. If you have a goal of say, losing 50 pounds and you want to do that within 1 month, that isn't very realistic and you haven't given yourself any action steps or mini goals along the way to keep you on track. A better way of doing this would be to say you would like to lose 1-2 pounds per week for 2 months by going to the gym 5 times per week. You can then break it down even more by saying what each day at the gym will look like and for how long. By working towards these "mini goals" it's going to seem a lot less overwhelming overall and you will be excited to reach the end of each week and stay on track with your goals.
5. Get Clear On Your Why and Your Longterm Vision
Having a strong why and vision for your future is going to be what motivates you each and everyday to get up and stick to your routine. Its not always easy to do this but spending some time thinking about why it is that you are making time to workout is going to push you through those days where you aren't feeling particularly motivated. In saying that, there are going to be days where you don't feel like moving or when life gets in the way and thats 100% ok. Its important not to stress over when this happens, just accept it and move on. We have an entire lifetime to work on our goals so if you need to take a day, a week or even a month off sticking to your routine, then do it. Know in your heart that you can always pick it back up when the time feels right.
6. Find Your Ideal Workout Time
This ties into creating your schedule each week but I think its important to also find out if you prefer working out in the morning, afternoon or at night. Each person is different as well as our peak energy levels, some people wake up bright and early ready to smash out a sweaty session me personally) while others feel more energized at later on in the day. Try doing both and feel which session you were able to push harder in and were able to enjoy more too.
I hope these tips were helpful, if you have any questions about creating a fitness routine feel free to leave them down below, now get to planning that routine :)