3 Tips for Getting into an Exercise Groove

Activities like housework, gardening and sex do count as exercise, but if you’re serious about your health, it’s probably best to schedule more traditional workouts. But don’t fret over the idea. Use these simple tips to get yourself into the “exercise groove.”

  1. Schedule your workouts now. You don’t have to know exactly what time you’ll be working out, but it helps to know where exercise fits in your day. Will you work out first thing in the morning? Directly from work? Will you go home to feed the fish first? Plan your day, including when and how you will exercise.
  2. Act like you mean it. Anyone who has ever been stuck in the “I’ll exercise tomorrow” cycle knows that it’s not enough to say you’re going to do something. If you plan to exercise first thing in the morning, set your alarm and lay out every bit of clothing and equipment you’ll need before you go to bed. If exercise will come later, pack a gym bag and leave it by the door. These are small actions, but they may give you the momentum you need to keep going.
  3. Grab a buddy. Sometimes, we just need a little moral support. When you can combine quality time with a friend and a workout, doesn’t the latter seem a little less intimidating?
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