Tips for Making Exercise a Daily Habit
You’ve tried the 30-day ab challenge, the 8-week Booty Bootcamp, maybe even the 75 HARD FitTok challenge. Nothing seems to stick—when it’s all over, exercise once again gets put on the backburner.
If this is you, but wish it weren’t, keep reading to learn how to make exercise a daily habit (and, this time, for life):
1. Find an exercise you enjoy.
It’s a misconception you need to go to the gym to exercise.
From hiking to swimming laps in a pool to taking your yoga mat to the beach for some sunset yoga to taking your dog for a walk. It may take some time, but once you find an exercise you enjoy, you’ll want to schedule it into your daily routine. Don’t be afraid to try something different!
2. Set a goal. Then set a new one.
If the fitness world had a slogan, it would be something like: Once you start, you’ll never be satisfied. Motivating, right?
While fitness may not have a finish line, you can set benchmarks for yourself along the way. For instance, if you’re interested in long-distance running— start with running a 5k, then a 10k, then a half marathon, then maybe a full marathon!
But of course, this can apply to any of your favorite exercises. Maybe you want to squat 150 pounds, be able to hold a new yoga pose or make it through a 60-minute HIIT workout without additional breaks.
It’s easier to prioritize workouts when you have something achievable at your fingertips— and once you reach it, it’ll feel so good you’ll want to do it again.
3. Look good, feel good.
A plague of self-consciousness can seriously sabotage your workout, and it will derail you from wanting to try it again. While it may be easy to say, “it doesn’t matter what people think” (which, for the record, is true— people are typically too focused on their own workout to care about yours), dressing the part can help you fake it till you make it.
4. Give yourself a boost.
You may have picked up on a theme throughout these tips, which is that once you find a way to make exercise feel good, you’ll be more likely to make it a daily habit.
Since your energy derives from what you put into your body, why not give yourself a boost going into your next sweat sesh? Taking Pre Sweat 15 to 30 minutes before your workout may seriously help maximize your performance and make it more enjoyable.
Meanwhile, taking Post Sweat after your workout can help rehydrate and replenish you so you’re ready to go again tomorrow.
Bottom line: to make exercise a priority, have fun with it!
This article was written by Melissa Pelowski.