Achieving a goal is only possible with small steps and consistency. In order to build consistency, an activity must turn into a habit. Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t know how to make fitness a habit, and fall short of their goals. Thankfully, we’ve compiled the best methods for workout consistency. So to follow through on your goals, follow these simple steps on how to make fitness a habit.
Accept the chore: It often feels like more of a chore than anything else in the beginning of any progress towards a new goal. Goals require hard work, and in the beginning, there isn’t any success to reflect on for motivation. So when starting a routine, it always feels like a chore that “has to be done”, repelling many from completing it. Hence, a piece of advice is to simply ‘accept the chore’ for until the results start to become visible.
Plan & Reflect: The strategy of planning & reflecting is simple, small and subtle, yet also very powerful! There are varying degrees of how to execute this, but the easiest is making a brief list of each day & it’s workout. Then at the end of the week, another list of workouts completed to reflect positively on progress. This strategy will help maintain self-accountability while keeping a positive mindset.
Anchoring: This concept is used by many successful businessmen & women and has become a key component in success coaching seminars. The concept is simple; take a new task that you’re trying to develop into a habit, and attach it to the beginning or end of another task in a routine. So if a daily routine involves a commute, or an errand, plan a workout right before or after it to keep consistency.
If you’re having trouble starting your fitness routine, see our post on Starting a Gym Routine. Once started, it’s critical to maintain motivation towards the initial goal! For helpful tips on staying motivated, our post on Overcoming a Lack of Motivation has it all!