We all have our favorite, or not-so-favorite, exercise routines that we attempt to stick to in order to stay “inspired.” But, every now and again, our motivation wanes, our good intentions stray, and we lose our forward momentum.
What should I do?
While there are numerous motivational ideas and methods, as well as basic self-discipline, which is not enjoyable, there is one approach to make your exercise routines more regular and successful.
Replace “exercise” and/or “workout” with one word. When used correctly, it is a strong term; yet, there are problems that come with wrong use of such power.
The term is “routine.”
That’s the one.
Many individuals treat exercise as though it were an afterthought. They consider what they are presently doing and try to figure out where they might incorporate some exercise. What is driving them? They should definitely get more exercise.
So they figure out when, where, and if they can, and then life intervenes. Because the workout has been jammed into a nook in their lives, it’s easy to pull it out and set it aside when something “more essential” occurs.
We already use the word “routine” in phrases like “exercise routine” or “workout routine,” but we generally mean the group and/or sequence of exercises we have selected to execute.
We must consider “routine” in the sense of a regularly scheduled and practiced series of exercises. A regular workout should be “penciled in” in our daily calendar, with other activities arranged around it.
“No, I won’t be able to attend the bake sale at 2:00 this afternoon.” That’s when I work out.”
Oh, I understand that occasionally we have to make adaptations due to life responsibilities, but exercise should be seen as so crucial that it becomes a part of, if not the most important part of, our daily… dare I say… routine.
Who needs motivation if you’ve made that workout a “regular” part of your life? Do you need a little push to wash, brush your teeth, or get dressed before leaving the house?
After seeing some of the individuals at the neighborhood cheap store, I’ve decided to retract the query.
The point is, once exercise becomes a habit, it is no longer necessary to stay motivated. In fact, you will notice that you get a bad feeling when you skip or are about to miss an exercise.
My other point is that, because the term has so many various connotations, some of which are just slightly different, we must ensure that our workout program becomes part of our everyday routine without becoming… well… routine.
I’m not going to preach that you should always make your workout “fun.” However, if you do the same thing every day, week after week, you WILL grow bored. So try to shake things up a little. Make exercise a routine, but not so regular that it becomes boring.
Does that make sense?
Okay, get ready to work out. Start working out and make it a part of your daily routine.