We all have friends who, despite hectic schedules, never miss a day at the gym. Who can’t stop talking about the next 5K. Who can’t stop smiling after yoga class. Sure, they’re a little, well, obsessive about working out or maybe annoying. But we envy them! And we want to know how they have made workout a habit.
One thing you can do to stay motivated is to work out at the same time every day. Some researchers conclude that those who work out in the morning are more likely to stick with their routines than those who work out later in the day.
There’s an urban legend that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit, but there’s little evidence to back up this claim. For exercise, it’s probably more like six weeks, said Rebecca Woll, manager of personal training at Equinox in New York City in an article for Health.com.
“This is when you start to see aesthetic changes in your body,” she explains. “Once you see these changes you won’t want to go back to the old you!”
Finding something you enjoy is also crucial to making your workout a habit. Maybe you’ve tried a spinning class, but you hate it. Don’t fret. Try something else. Maybe you like yoga or pilates better. Find what suits you.
Hiring a personal trainer has endless benefits and can really help you get on track to making your workout a habit. Whether you’re a total newcomer to the fitness scene or you just need a little motivation and guidance, a personal trainer can help you set goals and develop a plan to make them happen.
People think they can’t afford it, but they don’t realize that even just one or two sessions with a trainer can be so beneficial. Investing a little money can go a long way.
Plus, a good trainer will also hold you accountable and will motivate you to work your hardest and make you accountable for showing up for your routines.
Working out is more fun with friends—and it’s a lot harder to bail on when you’ve got other people relying on you. There’s value in a support system. A little healthy competition never hurts to keep you motivated, either.