Workout videos can help you make exercise an integral part of your daily routine. If you believe exercise is an essential part of maintaining good health, you should not allow anything to prevent you from working out regularly. However, exercise does not have to be an all-consuming obsession in order for you to get fit and healthy. It can simply become a habitual part of your daily routine – similar to brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or any other body maintenance task you do automatically every day.
Collecting your workout videos and preparing for your morning workout routine
There are hundreds of workout DVDs available on the market. Collect a variety. For example, you might have videos for a walk-at-home routine, Pilates exercises, yoga routines, dance, and circuit or weight training. When you have a collection of DVDs available, you can choose the one that best accommodates your mood and energy level, and you will be less likely to skip your workout. You might want to rent videos before you invest in buying them. Also, Netflix has many great workout videos available for streaming. If your budget is tight you can often find excellent fitness videos for under $5.00 at discount stores such as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross.
Put exercise equipment you will need – such as mats, dumbbells, and resistance bands – in a place where you can access it easily. Wake up early, drink a glass of water, turn on the coffee machine if you drink coffee, and pop in a video. If you have children, work out before they wake up. Here’s a radical idea: sleep in your workout clothes. They’re comfortable, and before you work out, they’re clean. Or even more radical: work out in your pajamas! Some may find this idea a little weird, but this plan is about making exercise as easy and obstacle-free as possible.
Establishing an exercise habit
Aim to work out for at least 30 minutes at first, although it is best to exercise at least 60 minutes during the course of a day. If you are short on time in the morning, perhaps you can fit in a 30-minute walk later in the day. When you are establishing a habit, exercising for 10 minutes is infinitely better than not doing it at all. A frequently repeated factoid is that it takes 21 days to establish a habit to the point that the behavior becomes automatic, and thus easier. This number comes from various scientific studies, some of which used animal subjects or specialized situations. So don’t take the 21-day formula too literally.
You are an individual with a unique background, energy level, health issues, and life circumstances. It may take more or fewer days for you to establish your own exercise habit. However, you can be confident that the more consecutive days you can get out of bed and exercise, the more automatic it will become. You may find that skipping even one day causes you to lose momentum. If this is the case, make a concentrated effort to work out every day, even if is only for a few minutes. Remember that, in the beginning, establishing the habit of regular exercise is more important than the number of calories you burn in a single workout.
Eliminate workout boredom using your own music or audio books
After you follow a workout video a few times, you probably do not need to hear the instructor’s cues any more. Once you are confident you know the routine, you can mute the sound and listen to your preferred music or even an audio book while you exercise. You’ll be amazed how quickly your workout goes by when you are absorbed in a good story! Listen to your music or audio book using a boom box or iPod speakers – whatever device is easiest for you. Don’t allow technology, clothing, time limitations, boredom, or anything else stop you from doing what you need to do to keep your body fit and healthy.
Make exercise easy!
You will probably find that at least one of your videos is easier for you to do than the others. Use this “easy” video as a default for those days you think you just can’t do it. There’s nothing like simply moving to get you in the mood to move. The point of this fitness plan is to make exercise as easy as possible, remove potential obstacles, and create a no-option mindset that you WILL exercise in the morning. The long-term results will be better health and a fitter body! That’s well worth a little initial effort.