Although many of us strive to get fit, we typically spend very little time thinking about how to stay in shape once we’re there. But we need to because, if we don’t, we may find it hard to keep all of the great results—that sexy, trim and tone body—we’ve worked so hard to earn.
The key to making this transition from getting to keeping as easy as possible lies in developing healthy fitness habits. This means that you’ll be able to stay in top form almost effortlessly as you’ll automatically be taking actions that support this type of lifestyle. What types of habits are these?
Putting Your Workouts in Your Schedule
Now that you’re in better shape, you may find that you’re not as concerned with getting in your regular workouts. However, if you let them slide, you’ll likely eventually “forget” them all together. To avoid this, make it a habit to place your exercise sessions on your calendar. This way, you will remember that they’re an important part of your lifestyle, so important that you’ve set aside the time to get them in.
Scheduling Your Workouts at the Best Time for You
Speaking of calendaring your workouts, the better they fit into your schedule, the easier it will be to make them habit. As College News says, “There is absolutely no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise.” So, if you’re a morning person, set your workouts then, before your day has the opportunity to sideline you. And if you’re a night person, then maybe your exercise sessions should come right after you get out of work. There is no right or wrong answer here. It’s all about what works best for you.
Increased Activity (Even When You’re Not At the Gym)
While going to the gym and getting in an actual workout offers many benefits, ranging from lower weight to better mood to reduced risk of disease, if you are sedentary other than that, you’ll have a harder time keeping fit. In other words, strive to increase your daily activity even when you’re not working out so that your body continues to burn calories and build muscle. Some ways to do this include parking as far out in the lot as you can so you have to walk a further distance to get to the store, and walking during your breaks at work instead of sitting in the break room.
Making Good Use of Your Wait Time
Did you know that, on average, we spend 38 hours sitting and waiting in traffic? Why not make good use of that time and work on your fitness instead? You can do this by clenching various muscles, contracting and then releasing them so they become firmer and more tone. It’s also an option to kind of dance around in your seat to whatever music you have playing, allowing you to burn more calories than if you simply sit and wait for the car in front of you to inch ahead. Fellow travelers may look at you funny, but chances are good that they’ll wish they were having as much fun as you while in gridlock. You can do these same things while waiting in line in the stores (if you’re daring enough!).
Developing healthy habits like these take time but as long as you keep at them, they’ll soon become second nature. Or, put another way, making these fitness-based actions part of your everyday life and you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to keep fit. It will automatically happen!