In my 38 years on this earth, I have never even uttered the words “I love to workout.” I have learned to like it somewhat, but even saying that is a stretch. I would always read articles on how to stick to a workout routine, but they were all written by fitness experts or people who are genuinely drawn to physical exertion, of which I am neither.
I feel like at this point in my life, I have basically just learned to suck it up and exercise. It’s not my favorite, but as I age, I realize the importance of maintaining my health. I have just learned that no matter what, it’s going to be a part of my life that has to be done.
Here are my tips, from a certified exercise hater (that’s me!) And by no means is there an actual certification, I just certified myself– I hate it that much.
Do it Early
I realize that we’re not early risers (although I have tips on how to become one,) but seriously, the earlier the better when exercising. When you do it early, you get it out of the way and don’t run into a million excuses about why you shouldn’t work out. And we know we all have those! Also, it will give you a boost of energy for the day (trust me, it will.) If you work out later in the day, not only will you be tired from everything else you’ve done, but the boost of energy you get might impact your sleep negatively.
Make a Realistic Commitment
I have a workout rule: I only do 30 minute workouts. This probably has been the biggest game changer for me in terms of maintaining a routine. You can ALWAYS find 30 minutes– I don’t care who you are or how busy you may be. Plus, after about thirty minutes I start thinking about my never-ending to do list and not focusing on the task at hand.
There are many who will say that that isn’t enough exercise — you do you, I do me. If I have to do anything longer, I get frustrated, bored, and most importantly, I won’t stick with it. 30 minutes daily (or even most days) is better than nothing.
Do It For Your Health
I always would work out with a dieting mindset, but since I’ve dumped that from my life and started focusing on the health aspects of working out, it’s really helped with my consistency for some reason. I know that I need to be healthy for my family, and since I lost my mom to a heart attack, my health is even more top of mind.
Switch it Up
I work out at home because it’s on my own time. I loved taking classes at the gym, but I hated being a slave to their schedule. The problem with workout DVDs is that I get bored quickly.
I love YouTube workouts. I started out with Jessica Smith’s workouts. They’re low impact, which I need to do since I am prone to sciatica. I also love to dance so I really enjoy Dance Fitness with Jessica. There are a TON of workouts on Youtube. What I love about YouTube workouts is that you can try something you might be interested in without the commitment. For example, I really wanted to try Kettlebells. I bought an inexpensive Kettlebell at Marshall’s, and tried some workouts on YouTube.
Remember How You Feel After the Workout
This is huge, huge, huge for me. I feel great after a workout, and when I workout early, that feeling lasts the entire day– it’s awesome. I have more energy, I’m less dependent on caffeine, and my mood is better. I even feel like I can breathe better!