Staying active, is a struggle that many of us have dealt with at one point in our lives or another, to make a daily habit. As leaders, we need all the extra motivation we can get! Exercise is one of those small motivators! When we exercise throughout the week, we build our bodies, keeping our energy levels high, which give us added productivity. But it is also good for us in other ways. Exercise helps you sleep better, keeps you healthier and limber as you age, and leads to better moods and overall mental health!
So, how do you turn exercising into a daily habit? Follow my step-by-step instructions, and you will be on your way to some peak personal development in no time!
1. Schedule Time
Being deliberate about when you exercise means that it is more likely to happen, even when life is busy. It also trains your body to know that it is time to move at a specific time each day. In no time, you will find yourself not able to stand still and get more done during the day!
2. Use Your Phone
Set a reminder on your phone when it is time to exercise. Use one of the many fitness apps that are available for you to use! There are so many to choose from; some have digital trainers, and some are just basic input apps! This helps with boosting self-esteem, and motivation!
3. Prepare Yourself
Pick out your clothes and workout gear the night before, so you cannot use the excuse that you do not have the time to find everything. Make sure that laundry is done, and your gym bag is packed by the door ready to go. This helps you get into a healthier mindset, boosts your productivity, and aids in your personal development!
4. Leave When You are Ready
Is it time to go? Don’t overthink it, just go whether you feel like it or not. Your body will click into gear once you get started, and you will remember how good it feels to move around.
5. Take Baby Steps
When you start small, you won’t overwhelm yourself, or do damage to a body not ready for a harder workout. You can always increase your time and reps later, when your body is ready. Just remember it’s okay to make mistakes when you are working out, sometimes you will use a machine wrong when on it for the first time, or you will misstep on the treadmill and trip yourself, but that is okay! It takes time to get into a specific rhythm when implementing a workout routine, mistakes will be made!
6. Keep it Fun and Interesting
Nothing screams boredom more than the same routine day after day. Mix it up! Run a new route, try that machine you have been eyeing at the gym, learn that new workout routine! Adding new things to any routine is motivating, and think of all the new muscles you will be working on!
7. Take a Break
As you build your new healthy habit, you do not want to skip days. Consistency is key here. However, it is good to have the occasional lighter exercise day when you have recently added a new thing to your workout, or are tired or sick.
Once you make exercise a daily habit, you will come to look forward to it. You won’t even think about it, you will just do it. With so much benefit, it is obvious that keeping a daily exercise habit is essential to the happier, more confident, healthier leader – that is you!
If you have questions, or need support on your leadership, personal, and professional development journey, schedule your free discovery call with me today!