Sweating regularly should be a part of our daily habits. Not only can it improve your mood, but it improves your overall health and can keep your energy high throughout the day. Here are some helpful tips to prioritizing sweating everyday:
Pick a workout that you can do almost anywhere, whether you’re traveling, leaving for the office early or getting home from the office late. Ideally, this will be a form of exercise that doesn’t require much preparation and that accomplishes significant physical gains in a short period of time. My favorite include high intensity interval training sessions, tabata-style workouts, sprints, lifting weights or other strength-based workouts that incorporate circuits. You don't need to hit the gym for these, either. There are plenty of awesome apps out there like the Nike+ Training Club app or Bodyspace that feature workouts you can do anytime, anywhere.
2. Do what you love
Why would you choose to do a workout you absolutely hate? Is that really motivating? It can be, for some people. If you don't like that type of challenge, focus on what you DO like to do. Be realistic and understand that one person's passion for running (or acroyoga or Crossfit) can be another's worst nightmare. Find what makes YOU excited to workout each day; this should be the part of it that you look forward to the most! Still haven't found your workout match? That's totally okay. Keep experimenting and trying new things until you find what works best for you.
3. Get competitive. You against her (or him)
Ever notice that when you workout with a group you push harder that you would if you were alone? You can't be THAT person who doesn't give it 100% when the entire class is. Even when we think we've had enough, we push through and prove to ourselves that we know we're more than enough.
4. Commit to the plan
You're not too busy. When we really need to, we prioritize tasks that we deem important. Remind yourself that working out is a priority worth tracking. If you need to, block off an hour in your workday to get that sweat in, or leave an hour early. We all have time, we just don't always make the best choices of how we spend our time.
5. Track it
“If you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist”. It’s a slight exaggeration, yes, but this old saying really has some truth to it, especially when it comes to exercise. Make a note in your calendar every time you work out, and add up your workout sessions at the end of each week, month, and year so you can monitor your progress and identify areas for improvement. Measuring your activity levels (and ideally keeping notes on your progress) can help you to stay on track and realize when you’re slipping before you’ve completely lost the habit. Have a Fitbit or other tracker device? Even better. Make the most of your gadgets; find me on Fitbit and let's do a challenge together!
6. Something is better than nothing. Get moving!
You don’t need an hour—or even 30 minutes—to get a complete, effective workout. Squeeze in fitness wherever you are with bodyweight exercises or with the help of apps with pre-programmed short workouts. Make an effort to stand up and walk 5 minutes of every hour. Wake up, do 10 pushups, 50 jumping jacks, 50 bodyweight squats and other bodyweight moves; repeat a few times throughout your day. Do what you can to keep moving.