Wanting to work out every day is an awesome goal to have! This is very achievable and can be accomplished no matter what your current schedule or state of mind, or physical condition is.
In this post, we discuss Meaning, managing your time, motivation, mindset, and mindfulness. If you are currently struggling to make exercise consistent, these ideas should help you.
5 Ways to Be Consistent
I think identifying WHY you want to work out every day is a crucial Step. What does working out mean to you?
If you want to work out every day because this is what everyone else says you should do, then this will not be enough to motivate you. Here are some questions to help you- Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to get more toned? Do you want to feel better both mentally and physically? For me, working out every day helps me to manage stress & now, manage my weight since I’m in my 40’s. I also love the feeling afterwards of a good workout- I feel very accomplished.
The mental and physical are very intertwined- so if you are not mentally ready to work out, it will be more difficult for you to get started.
Manage your Time Better
I’ve discussed this more in depth in my other article- Making Time For What you Love to Do. It’s worth repeating because this is one of the main reasons I hear for people not working out. My question to you- do you spend at least 15 minutes a day on social media or watching TV? If the answer is yes, then you have time to work out!
HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Trainings) are an excellent way to get in a well rounded cardio/strength training workout in a short amount of time. There are tons of YouTube Videos on varying HIIT workouts. Being able to fit in micro exercise sessions should definitely help you to work out every day.
A negative mindset will be sure to sabotage your efforts before you even get started. You could think that you’re too overweight, lazy, slow, whatever. None of this is true! No matter what your current condition is, you can change it. God designed our bodies to adapt and overcome any barriers. Even if you have never worked out, as long as you have a plan you can make it happen. One of my favorite examples to share is about Ernestine Shepard. She is over 70 yrs of age and is a professional body builder and Fitness Coach. She didn’t start working out either until she was in her late 50’s.
Motivation is a word that is used a great deal in the health and wellness industry. This is because the person has to be motivated in some way to work out and live a healthy lifestyle. There are two types of motivation: Extrinsic and Intrinsic. The key is finding which one resonates so you can tap into it.
Extrinsic motivation is “behavior driven by external rewards”. This can include getting praise from others; recognition for looking good or winning a weight loss contest. On the other hand, intrinsic motivation is
“When we act without any obvious external rewards. We simply enjoy an activity or see it as an opportunity to explore, learn, and actualize our potentials.”
If you want to work out because the activity is fun-then you are intrinsically motivated.
A personal example of internal motivation is that I just love how I feel while I’m running, hiking, or mountain biking. I don’t have to compete or be the first one finished. I just feel amazing afterwards and I don’t like to go a day without working out.
So, with all this said, the key is to identify if you are externally or internally motivated! If you lean towards being internally motivated, find an outdoor activity that is fun and doesn’t feel like work. This will definitely help you to love fitness!
This ties back into meaning a little bit, but by being mindful you will stay present. Being aware and mindful on what you’re doing every day will help you to identify those moments when you’re wasting time. Time that you could be working out. This also keeps you from taking yourself too seriously and limit anxiety. Working out every day should not be this high pressured thing. You want to keep it fun and light hearted still. A while back I kept a log of my Actions throughout the day. I was astounded to see how many times I checked my texts/emails. I am a huge proponent of Time Management- and even used to teach this class. This can sneak up on us subconsciously. So, being mindful will help you be more deliberate throughout your day-so you can be more in control of your schedule.
How To Work Out Every Day Wrap Up
As you can see, there are specific steps you can take and mindsets that will help you to exercise consistently.
Meaning-Identifying WHY you want to work out every day is a crucial Step.
Mindset- Are you starting with a negative mindset? You must get rid of this at once.
Manage your time– What are you doing now that you can replace? Are you spending too much time on Social Media?
Motivation– Identify if you are internally or externally motivated. Knowing what drives you will help push you during those challenging times.
Mindfulness- Always being aware of what you’re doing. Not letting the time get away from you and doing meaningless stuff over working out.
As always, I appreciate your time in reading this article! Would love to hear of other techniques/approaches you have to working out every day. Please leave a comment below!