1. Schedule it. Write down when you plan to exercise on your calendar or in your mobile calendar. Schedule the workout in like it’s an important meeting that you can’t miss. You can also set reminder alarms on your mobile phone to prompt you to exercise.
2. Do it at home. Whether you purchase some home workout equipment such as a treadmill or an exercise bike, use online workouts or exercise subscription services, it’s much easier to fit in a workout when you don’t have to leave your home for the gym during gym hours.
3. Start your day with it. As the day goes on and your energy lessens, you may be less likely to exercise. Waking up 30 minutes earlier than normal to fit in a walk on the treadmill or a yoga DVD can start your day off on the right foot.
4. Do the small things. Small things such as parking further away from your workplace or the grocery store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or using the restroom in your office on a different floor. Even standing up during television commercials or marching in place is an idea. Doing these small things every single day will soon add up and get you in the habit of thinking of ways to better your health on a daily basis.
5. Accountability. Find a workout partner or someone like a coach to hold you accountable. Despite your best efforts, it’s sometimes hard to stay motivated. Having someone hold you accountable maximizes your chances of sticking to your workout schedule. If your workout partner is on the same mission as you they are less likely to bring you down with negative comments that we sometimes receive from others. Friendly challenges are a great way to push each other to work harder too.