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Creating a Fitness Habit You Can Stick To

When it comes to exercise, one of the things that people struggle with most is motivation. No matter where you are on your journey, we all have those days where we wake up and the last thing we want to do is get up and workout. Getting motivated and staying motivated is a challenge that even athletes face because it waxes and wanes with how we are feeling, what’s going on in our lives, and a number of other factors. But, motivation isn’t the only thing that you need to create and stick to a fitness habit. There are several other factors that contribute to you staying on path.

One of the best ways to stay on track on your fitness journey is by incorporating new ways to exercise that you love. HEROBOARD allows you to do just that! It is the perfect addition to your workout routine because you can enhance a number of exercises with this small, travel-sized board. Take it anywhere with you for a workout that is sure to get you excited to exercise again.

Set Goals

Setting goals is first because with any life-long commitment you make — a.k.a your health and wellness — it is important to set goals. When setting exercise objectives, you’ll want to make them achievable and ambitious, but it’s just as important to give yourself a free pass or two if you fail to meet them. If we fail to hit our goals, it’s too easy to throw in the towel and give up. Being reasonable with ourselves and knowing that no drastic improvements are going to be made over night can help you do this. It is also important to understand that you have your entire life to refine your goals and work on yourself, but don’t let yourself constantly fall back on the fact that you’ll “always have more time.”

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Identify Your Cues

Your cues, or rituals, are things that you do that triggers your brain to think “This is the time to work out.” These cues or rituals can be scheduling your workouts on your calendar, picking times and days you know you can squeeze in exercise, even if it’s just 15 minutes; putting on your workout clothes as soon as you wake up or get home from work; doing a healthy behavior before your workout, like drinking a glass of water, doing some stretches, or taking some deep breaths; and writing down your workout plan and putting it somewhere you will see often.

In addition to making a mental note of the cues that get you mentally ready for a workout, it is also a good idea to mentally acknowledge cues that trigger your urge to skip your workout. This could be hitting the snooze button before your morning workout, or sitting on the couch when you come home and spending hours on your phone.

Start With An Exercise That Is Small

The best way to make exercise a habit is to start with an exercise that is so easy that you can do it even when you are running low on willpower and can’t find the motivation to push yourself. This comes in handy for both beginners and more advanced fitness folks. The idea is to start with something easy so you can’t say no. Easy, consistent habits can be more effective and better on your mentality than hard and inconsistent habits.

If you can’t get yourself motivated enough to get up and go for a run, then fill up your water bottle and get your running shoes on. And that’s it. That’s all you need to do to consider today’s workout a success. Often, these types of conscious movements are enough to get our motivation flowing and help us finish the task.

Don’t Focus on the Results

Obviously, the reason why any person begins a fitness journey is because of the results that they are hoping to see. The image that we keep in our heads of what we want to look like is a great motivator and can be a great thing to work towards. Oftentimes, focusing on the goal rather than the system or on the progress you make, can be more disheartening than anything. What matters the most is establishing a new normal that you will be able to stick to. The first few months of any new habit are crucial to sticking to because you first need to become a person who is focused on not missing a workout, no matter how big or small.

Once you have built the habit of working out, then you can focus on establishing a routine of improving and shaping your workouts geared towards improving. Again, build the habit first, worry about the results later.

Incorporate HEROBOARD Into Your Fitness Routine

HEROBOARD is an excellent tool that you can use at home and bring with you to your gym to get more creative in your workouts and challenge yourself and your body in new ways. There are tons of ways you can use HEROBOARD for your butt, legs, upper body, abs, and more. Visit our site to learn more and watch our YouTube video tutorials to learn more about how to use HEROBOARD.