I’ve been consistent with my workouts for about a year and a half now, except for a few times when I’ve been out of town or was sick. When I visited my daughter last year, we worked out together. What’s amazing to me is that I’ve stuck with my workouts this long!
Here are three easy ways to create a workout habit:
Smart Phone Calendar Alerts
I know if I wait until the afternoon or evening to workout, I probably won’t get it done. I’m usually too tired, and by then, it’s too easy to put it off by saying I’ll workout tomorrow. I use a Google calendar alert in my smart phone that goes off every morning 10 minutes before my workout time. I put on my workout clothes and usually start soon after or at least within 30 minutes.
Use a Habit Tracker
Another trick I use is the Habit Tracker spread in my Bullet Journal to record my workout. I like to go in every day and color in the block in my Habit Tracker. There’s something satisfying in seeing those little blocks filled in. It’s like getting a gold star in kindergarten!
Accountability Partner or Group
Anther way to create a workout habit is to have an accountability partner or join an accountability group. I join a group every month. We cheer each other on and give each other positive feedback. When someone hasn’t checked in in a while, we’ll contact them to find out how they’re doing. If you have an accountability buddy, there’s nothing like having someone ask, “Did you do your workout today?” I love being able to say, “Well, yes I did!”
Using all three ways to create a workout habit might seem like overkill, but it works for me!
Do you workout regularly? Let me know in the comments how you’ve made exercising a habit.