Whether exercise is already a big part of your life or you are just starting out, establishing a consistent, healthy routine is crucial to maintaining motivation and living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Having a routine can set you up for success when it comes to establishing, working towards and reaching your goals. A routine allows you to map out your training for the day/ week and means you are far more likely to be successful in reaching your targets.
Creating a routine that works for you
When it comes to creating and sticking to a successful daily/ weekly/ monthly routine is organization is key. As with most things, the more regularly you perform this task, the easier it becomes. Once you have a plan that works for you it will feel like second nature to put it into practice and keeps yourself accountable.
Whether you are taking part in the #niixSUMMERCHALLENGE or you are following your own plan, here are some tips to help you GET and STAY on track.
1. Cover EVERYTHING in your weekly routine.
This may seem daunting at first, but once you have everything written down in front of you, it is far easier to turn these plans into actions. Plan everything from a general gist of your meals, your workouts for the week, your rest days, days out and so on around your normal working/ mum life schedule. By physically writing these things down and scheduling them in as you would a meeting or appointment, you are far more likely to stick with it. Prioritising yourself and your health is absolutely key to developing consistent, healthy habits. Of course there will some days harder than others that you simply just do not feel like it, however having your plan written down will make these mental barriers far easier to overcome.
2. Find a time that works for you and stick to it.
We are all very different when it comes to our lives, our personal preferences and our schedules. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to exercise and when you should workout. This is completely down to you. If you work on the basis ‘I’ll fit it in when I can’ you are about 99% less likely to actually fit it in as opposed to if you had your workout planned and written down. Experiment with different times of day and find what suits YOU. You might like waking up early and fitting it in before you kick off your day. You might like to blow off some steam in your lunch time hour or take advantage of the evening sun after work. Whenever it may be, make sure you feel your best. Consider your lifestyle and find a way to make exercise a regular part of your everyday.
3. Meal prep.
It is no secret that abs (and a general, balanced healthy lifestyle!) are made in the kitchen. You can exercise as often as you like but unless you accompany this with a nutritious, balanced diet you will not see the results you are hoping for. Creating a basic meal plan can help overcome thoughts such as ‘I don’t know what to have so I’ll just grab a takeaway’ – and it is far easier than it may seem. Create a list of healthy meals and foods for the week. Schedule in some time to go shopping or order the ingredients in and ALWAYS cook in bulk. This is perfect when you are a bit short on time and even better for staying on track with your health and fitness goals. Have a read of these ‘7 meal prep secrets’
Commitment and consistency is absolutely key when it comes to making changes and seeing visible , positive results. Breaking these goals into smaller, more manageable tasks can seem less daunting and far easier to stay on top of. Better yet, always remember your WHY… When you are having a down day or you cannot bring yourself to get to it, remember WHY it was you wanted to do this and use these thoughts as your motivation. You have got this far, the best time to start with your new, improved routine is NOW!