If you are planning on losing weight or improving your overall fitness levels in the near future, then you need to make exercise a priority.
Human beings are unfortunately very lazy, and it is all too easy to skip a gym session or find other things to do instead, but with a little bit of discipline, anything is possible.
For that reason, once you get into the habit of doing the same things day after day, it is easy to maintain this rhythm, and the same thing applies to exercise because this can easily become an unbreakable habit.
So in order to help you make exercise a priority in your life, here are a few guidelines for you to follow if you want to achieve your fitness and weight loss goals this year:
Create A Fixed Schedule
If you are like a lot of people, you may well have received a calendar last Christmas, so why not put it to good use and use it to schedule your exercise routine. It has been found that people who have a fitness routine written down on paper are more likely to stick to an exercise regime, and get better results, than those who only squeeze in some exercise whenever they feel like it.
You don’t necessarily have to do the same workouts every week. For instance you could plan your workout routines for the next month if you so wish and mix them up quite a bit so that you don’t get bored. The key point is that if you write down what routines you are going to do, you are more likely to stick to this plan.
Make Exercise A Habit
As I mentioned earlier, you should try to make exercise a habit. I myself started exercising regularly when I was 17, and many years later I am still getting some form of exercise, even if it is just walking, every single day of my life.
That’s because I got into the habit of doing some form of exercise on a daily basis and found that I really enjoyed it and felt so much better as a result. Subsequently I often find that I feel really lethargic on those few occasions when I don’t happen to do any exercise, like Christmas Day, for example.
Don’t Make Any Excuses
If you are a member of a gym, you will often see lots of new faces in January when people make a pledge to get fitter and try to lose a few pounds. However you will find that many of these people won’t still be there a few months later because they will have given up by then.
The truth is that you need to motivate yourself and reward yourself if necessary. Lots of people lack willpower, but you need to give yourself a kick up the backside every so often and make sure that you don’t start to slack off or make excuses for not doing any exercise.
One way of doing this is to constantly visualise your goals, whether it’s a six-pack stomach, a lean body or bulging muscles, for example, and reward yourself along the way as you get closer to achieving this goal.
If you can do these three things to help make exercise a priority in your life, then there is no limit to what you can achieve in the coming weeks and months.