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7 Simple Hacks to Establish a Workout Routine

Exercise and a workout routine… you know you its good for you.  Yet, with a job, family, and other responsibilities it might be the first thing that you decide to skip when life gets busy.  A workout routine should be a part of your weekly plan to promote both physical and mental health.  Whether you’re already an avid exerciser or  you need a boost of motivation to get started, try these easy hacks to stay on top of it!

Workout routine… how do you start one? Whether you're already an avid exerciser or need a boost of motivation, try these easy hacks to stay on top of it!

Incorporate These 7 Hacks to Promote Workout Routine Success

1. Schedule it into your day.

Take the time to put exercise on your to-do list, even scheduling it for a specific time of day. Whether you set an alarm on your phone or throw it on a paper calendar, this helps your brain and body remember that exercise is a priority that you intend to keep up on.

 

2. Plan ahead.

It’s all the little details that go into preparation for a workout that can lead to silly excuses. Prevent this with a little planning head.  Make sure your workout clothes are laid out, meetings are scheduled, kids are accounted for, and any other daily tasks that you need to stay on top of are all in order.  You’ll have no excuses and you will have a successful productive day, win-win!

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3. Set goals.

Like anything worth doing in your busy life, it better have some importance to you or it won’t last long. Sit down and think about what you would like to accomplish with your fitness routine.  Think things like fitness level, sports, friendships, and fun.  It is pretty consistently discussed in self-development circles that finding your “why” (aka: goals) helps you stay inspired and motivated.

 

4. Join a group or find a buddy.

Now that you have your why, next you should find a community or friend that you can share this passion with. It makes your fitness journey more fun and holds you accountable.  Whether it’s online or in person, having support is so important.

 

5. Find something you enjoy.

Don’t think that living a healthy life means you are doomed to endless hours of a cardio activity that you don’t enjoy. Find an exercise class, workout buddy, or sport that you truly enjoy.  Some women claim to “hate exercise” until they try new things like walking, dancing, and yoga or any other fun activity that get’s them moving!

 

6. Set up “positive triggers.”

Just as planning ahead helps minimize excuses. Also, set up your environment to help keep you on track.  Whether it’s where you place your workout clothes (in the car to go straight to the gym after work), having your home gym set up,  or a healthy snack that gives you energy for your workout.  Find what works for you and sets you up for success.

7. Make it a habit!

It all comes down to establishing consistency. Make your routine a true habit, and it will become automatic.  You won’t even consider whether you should work out or not, you will simply do it.  This is the ultimate goal and hack for truly reaching any health goals.

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Set Yourself Up for Success

In the end, it’s all about making it impossible for you to find an excuse. As a bonus, depending on what your routine looks like, you might even consider letting your kids join in the fun.  Ultimately, find what works for you and bring more joy and passion into your life.

 

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

There are enough responsibilities in our lives that we “must” do, don’t let exercise be one.  Let exercise be something you look forward to each week!

 

Workout routine… how do you start one? Whether you're already an avid exerciser or need a boost of motivation, try these easy hacks to stay on top of it!

 

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JayDee Vykoukal

JayDee Vykoukal is an author and passionate Doctor of Physical Therapy. Educating people about the power of healthy habits and self-care through her online business Health Means Wealth. She loves healthy living, travel and spending quality time with her family and wants to make bad health doesn't get in the way of other's passions.

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22 Comments

  1. Yes! All of these are great, but the one about positive triggers is CRUCIAL – I’ve found that’s the main thing that works best for me when trying to establish any new habit. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. Amazing tips! I plan ahead but laying out my clothes at night and then I workout as soon as I’m done reading my bible early in the morning. If my kids wake up beforehand, then they join in with me! I MUST work out to be a sane mom!

  3. I like the idea of having a scheduled workout time. I am terrible about actually working out. I figured I would have so much time to do it during the pandemic, but I lack the motivation.

  4. I am working on getting back to a regular routine after a long “break.” These hacks come at just the right time for me. Thank you!

  5. I think that finding a buddy is the most important piece for me. When I have someone working out alongside of me, I feel like I work harder to keep up. Also, I won’t cancel on someone else, but I will cancel on my own plans. Thanks for sharing these tips!

  6. Awesome tips! And so true…it is so super important for us establish a routine because it is something we all push aside with all our busy schedules.

  7. I think making it a habit is so important and also the thing I struggle with most! I will workout and eat healthy for a week, have one off day, then get out of the habit. But thank you for all the insightful tips and tricks for establishing a fitness routine! Btw – your blog is adorable!

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