Beginning a new program
Starting anything new brings about a surge of emotions. From nervous to excited, to doubtful, apprehensive, questioning, eager… I can go through each of these emotions within a split second!!
One thing I’ve learned to be SO important whenever I try something new is to introduce it into my current routine so it fits seamlessly making the transition period less agonizing.
As a creature of habit I know that any big changes need to be introduced in a way that makes going about my day easy, without too much hassle of trying to fit it in.
For instance, when I started working out 7 years ago – It was an on again off again process (I thought I would just magically feel motivated to go to the gym after a long day classes because I had decided I wanted to get fit – HA!) It wasn’t until I had made plans with a friend to meet them every second day for a workout session then dinner plans that I became consistent. The plan was two tiered. I had someone holding me accountable, and I was rewarded with the dinner after a good sweat session!
Find a way to reward yourself
One thing I’ve realised, is I am very goal oriented. If I know that there’s something I’m working for, I will give it my all, but for general reasons, or general betterment and a theoretical betterment in health.. it’s not enough to keep me on track! shock! I know!
So I’ve devised a plan to help me stay motivated, and engaged — yes I pay myself to workout… what of it!? It works! And I get cute leggings and better health… it’s a win on all fronts!
But when even that’s not enough….
Make it easy for yourself! When I decided in June to do an at-home workout program (BEST decision ever!!) I had to find ways to introduce it into my routine so it became second nature.
Here’s what I do:
- I plan the time for every workout – put it in my phone and once it’s in the phone, it’s a commitment!
- I pick out my outfit the day before (I love cute workout clothes, so this is always exciting!)
- I have a playlist ready!
- I have a pump up song from my workout playlist wake me up and act as my alarm – that way when it went off, I was signaling to my brain that it’s time to get up and MOVE!
- I have all equipment ready and waiting
- I cross off a calendar when I workout which means I get 2.00 per workout towards my active wear fund :D:D
- I post on social media to help keep me accountable
- I reward myself with my FAVOURITE breakfast of champions ❤ (post coming soon!)
Sounds easy, but it HELPS! It’s not meant to be earth shattering changes… those are hardly ever sustainable!
But making a commitment of 1 hour to include my warm up, and my workout, every 3 days, then slowly increasing until I’m at 6 days a week – that’s nothing! I can do that 😀
Making it sustainable is key!
One thing I’ve learned is that if I expect great big changes, I have to take my time, do small things CONSISTENTLY in ways that don’t feel like I’m changing my entire routine.
Because let’s face it, If I want results I’ve never had before, I have to do things I’ve never done before, and for that to happen, I need to prepare my routine to let those actions happen consistently and over a long time period.
Do you have any tips for how you ensure you can stick to your plan?