A fitness habit is not quite challenging to form than other types of habits. The biggest problem most people encounter is the culture that surrounds fitness. Most people find it hard to know how to do it, when, where, and how often they should do certain exercises. Starting a new habit is not easy; you have to stay focused and determined. Once you get started, you will become used to the routine thus making it easy for you. Most people do not have a sustainable fitness habit simply because they are lazy. Below are some of the best psychological strategies of forming a fitness habit.
Pre-commitment is a good way of challenging yourself. For instance, you may wear workout clothes, going to the gym, joining a fitness club, or exercising with a partner. By packing your workout clothes and going to work with them, you will feel the urge to go to the gym. Such strategies help you to become consistent because your mind and body will feel committed to exercise.
Commit yourself to work out during a particular time. You can either decide to exercise in the morning or at night. Your body innately responds to activities when it is highly energetic. During such prime period which differs among people, set aside an hour or so to exercise until you sweat. For instance, you can exercise immediately you wake up or before you go to sleep. Choosing a specific time of the day to exercise reminds you to make fitness a priority. Once you get used to your routine, you will not struggle exercising because it will feel natural to do so.
Associate exercising with other routine activities. If you have a habit of watching television after dinner, try to incorporate a workout into your routine. You may choose to do push-ups, crunches, or other strength exercises while still watching television or a movie. Depending on the length of the program or movie, it can add more time to your exercises. With a movie as a distraction, you will not notice your burning muscles.
Incorporate exercise into housework, errands or office work. For instance, instead of using elevators to get to your office, opt for using stairs as a way of exercising. When you go shopping, instead of directly parking your car at the entrance, park it a few meters away so that you may walk to the store. If you live in an urban center, bike around. You can also exert muscle power and vigorous movement while carrying out household chores such as washing a car or vacuuming among others.
Carry out a different type of activity daily. A well-planned fitness schedule will enable you to stay on-task and organized. For example, you may decide that each day of the week that you will focus on a particular exercise. You could allocate different days for yoga, biking, running, cardio or strength training. Such a fitness habit is sustainable because it is enjoyable because there is no monotony. Monotony prevents people from moving forward. It is thus important to change your exercise patterns regularly.