Working out consistently is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life. My sister and co-editor of this blog and for The Fit Fotographer, Nicole, seemed to have it all figured out as far as a workout schedule is concerned. Her weight loss journey over the last two years has inspired me to get healthy, however, I am having a harder time than what I thought I would. Being a parent of young children it can be hard to always be able to get a workout in. I did a short post on a quick way to workout when you can’t, you can read it here.
Staying consistent with exercising can be tough until you get into the habit. If you are anything like me, you want to see results immediately. Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss, it is not immediate. Once you truly understand that part, you are one step closer to achieving your goal. Consistent exercise makes me feel better mentally and physically. Getting to that point where I am consistent is a different story. So here are few tips that I have found that can help you stay on track with your workout.
Set Small Goals
I wouldn’t suggest right out of the gate that you say you are going to work out two hours a day, seven days a week. If you actually can, that’s great, but it’s best to try and be realistic. Right now my goal is 30 minutes a day three days a week. That’s a lot more doable than trying to commit me to something every single day. The best part is, on the days that I surpass my 30 minutes goal, I feel great. Not only that, there are also days where I can sneak in an extra 30-45 minutes (right after the kid’s bedtime). That in itself is another reward. Is your goal weight loss? Remember to keep that realistic as well. If you want to lose sixty pounds, aim for a goal of 9 months to 1 year to achieve it. If you want to lose 60 pounds by June for swimsuit season, while not impossible, it’s not healthy. Definitely, make sure that you are going about your weight loss the right way.
If you were able to sneak in that extra workout, lost a few pounds or if you met all of your goals for the week, make sure you treat yourself. Whether it’s getting your nails done or buying a new outfit, make sure you celebrate every milestone, no matter how big or small.
Schedule Your Workouts
The key to consistency is planning. Even as parents we have to plan all kinds of things in advance for our kids, so why not plan out your workouts? If your kids take naps from 11:30-2:30, you can say ‘hey I’m gonna workout from 12:30-1:00, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday”. If your kids go to bed at 7:30, set your workouts from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm on certain nights. Knowing in advance that you have something to do, will make it easier for you to stick to it. Put it on your calendar, whether you are old fashioned and use a written one or if it’s on your phone. Set an alarm if you have too. Once it is down on paper (or in your phone), just tell yourself that you HAVE to do it!
Take a Cheat Day
It’s okay to cheat. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you are doing well with your workouts and eating habits, don’t feel bad if you let your guard down every now and then and sneak a peanut butter cup or if you decide to catch a movie instead of working out. If you end up being too hard on yourself, you will burn out quickly, or worse you will hate working out, and you won’t ever do it.
Remember it takes 21 days to change a habit, and 90 days to create a lifestyle.
Be sure to check out Nik’s journey to her 73lb weight loss.
Do you workout? What tips do you have to share about being consistent in your routine?