Ways to start and actually keep a workout routine

The “new year new me” hype you once felt has worn off. Or if your like me, you never felt to begin with (shoutout ringing in the new year on a two month no workout streak, a wisdom tooth removal and a shoulder injury). School, work, and actual responsibilities have started and your leisurely workouts are becoming harder and harder to squeeze in. I get it. Luckily, I have some experience with figuring out how tf to fit a workout, drinking water, class, friends, work, your favorite show on Netflix, a full 9 hours of sleep, homework, and Twitter memes. It’s not always easy, but it is possible and here’s how.

  1. Workout same time every day.

    No matter how fun, flirty and spontaneous you think you are, you’re a creature of habit just like the rest of us. Although we like to think we are always doing new and exciting things, a lot of our lives are very routine- but that’s not a bad thing !! Use it to your advantage when you are planning your workout. Find a specific time (whether it be before class, in between two classes, after work, right when you wake up…etc.) to workout and stick to it. By working out at the same time every day our bodies think working out is a habit. It becomes so routine we don’t even have to stress about it.

  2. Keep a regulated sleep schedule.

    I know it’s hard, but try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day (even on the weekends). When we wake up at 7 am one day and 11 am the next, we are throwing our bodies all out of whack. We feel more tired, hungover (even if you aren’t actually hungover but if you are I’m not judging) and slash the chances of having a good workout, or working out at all, in half. Trust me, even though ya girl loves to sleep in until noon on Sundays too, doing so is going to seriously mess up your weekly workout schedule.

  3. Don’t do the same workout every time.

    I seriously do not think I can stress this enough. Switch ! up ! your ! workouts! If I was doing the same workout every day, I would get hella bored and be less likely to do it the next day. I can’t even watch the same movie twice, so I definitely cannot do the same workout twice. Switching up your workout routine makes you more excited (excited to workout ?? yeah I said it) and more likely to actually do the workout instead of skip it. Also throw in a workout class or two if you can- literally no excuse to skip it you first off A) pay by class and B) have a whole squad of people in the same boat as you.

  4. Treat your workout like a class.

    Back to the whole “scheduling in a workout.” Treat your workout like a class (but a super easy and fun one where Rate my Professor says the teacher is 4/5 on the spicy scale and you will get an A) that takes attendance. Not going to class = bad grade and not working out = no results. Same difference.

  5. Workout before a meal.

    Working out before a meal is one of my favorite things to do. I personally like to workout before breakfast (also my favorite meal) because it really motivates me to get my shit done so I can eat some eggs and avo toast. Nothing like some good ol’ motivation in the form of food.

  6. Pick out gym clothes the night before.

    Especially if you workout in the morning! This is something I have been doing since high school. Picking out your workout clothes at night means one less thing to worry about/one less excuse not to workout in the morning. If the clothes are laid out in front of you, it’s literally too easy to get to the gym. Like so easy it should be illegal. Someone actually arrest me for telling you this.

And remember 2019 = the year of no excuses. See y’all at the gym ;)

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