Forming a habit always seems to be impossible, when in actuality it only takes an average of 21 days to form a habit. Making fitness a habit can seem even more impossible, but just take it one day at a time, and next thing you know you’re 21 days in and loving it. You have to stop telling yourself the typical “I’ll start tomorrow,” or my favorite, “I’ll start on Monday.” Just start now! You will definitely find yourself fighting this new lifestyle change in the beginning, but just remember perseverance is key.
Start off by writing down your fitness goals. Whether it is to lose weight, to gain weight, to tone up, or to just become more active, write those goals down. Short term or long term, it does not matter, and leave them out where you can see them so it can be a reminder.
Next, find what motivates you and run with it. Regardless if it is a “body goals” picture, a trip you may want to take in the future, or even if it is as simple as wanting to fit into those jeans or into that dress. Embed that motivation into your brain.
Now, the most important part of creating this habit is to make your habit a routine. Add it into your daily routine; just like you brush your teeth twice a day, make exercise something you have to do. Habits are behaviors that you repeat over and over and over again. It can even be easier if you commit to making fitness a habit if you have someone to commit with you. Accountability partners help you to keep pushing when you want to give up. This way you have each other. It also makes exercising a little more fun.
Another way to form this habit is by doing a variety of activities you enjoy. This does not have to be your stereotypical working out, like hitting the gym. Instead, you can go for a walk, go hiking, do yoga, cycling, etc. Make fitness fun!
Make fitness a priority that is non-negotiable. By forming this habit you are also committing to taking better care of your mind, body, and soul. It will not be easy, and you are going to have obstacles that get in your way and try to distract you, but you must keep persevering because before you know it, those 21 days are going to be up and your habit will be formed. Perseverance is the key!
FITNESS APPS YOU NEED
These apps will assist you in forming your new fitness habit.
7 Morning Habits to Change Your Life
• Don’t hit the snooze button
• Drink water
• Eat breakfast
• Play music to motivate you
• Go the first part of your morning without your phone
• Read something
Written by: Hillary Griffin