Every January, I see the same thing come up again and again, a spike in people wanting to “get in shape” but by February both gyms and yoga studios see a rapid drop off in their attendance. This is because people who start in the New Year haven’t bothered to develop the habit of working out or practicing yoga yet.
I am guilty as anyone for doing this. I will confess that I am the worst for keeping a habit going. If I don’t have motivation to do something, I won’t do it. This year, I will away for the majority of January on a trip to Hawaii (kicking off an destination from my bucket list), so I won’t be able to get trapped in this cycle again. I will on the other hand, have the ability to have the free time to set up a workout habit for myself.
To build up a workout habit, you need to do the following:
- Set aside just 20 minutes a day to work out. Use a timer to keep you on point and not binge workout.
- Start with a simple workout. I recommend using one of the many apps out there to help get you pointed in the right direct.
- Don’t get a gym membership. Start at home, in your garage, living room, or bedroom.
- Put your headphones on and pump up the jams!
- Give yourself a 5 minute cool down at the end, I recommend Savasana. Close your eyes and let yourself relax (set a timer for this too!)
Don’t go out and spend a ton of money on workout gear. I recommend that the only thing you spend money is a good pair of runners. If you are developing a yoga practice, you don’t need any shoes at all but rather a good yoga mat. The cost of a good yoga mat starts at $30-$45 and it will last you years!