With the holiday season over, sometimes our lives never seem to slow down. The pace of life is ever increasing and often the first thing to go is taking care of yourself. With that, it can be challenging to maintain an exercise regimen, especially when you’re short on time. Consistency is key, so stick to your routine and stay motivated with these strategies:
1. Be prepared.
Preparation is half the battle! Set your gear out the night before. Put everything you’ll need in your bag and put the bag by the door or in your car. Doing this in advance will save you some time and you’ll be less likely to change your mind later.
2. Get in the right headspace.
In addition to getting your gear ready, you’ll also want to get your mind in the right place. Commit to getting your workout in and make it a positive thing, something you’re looking forward to, rather than a chore.
3. Stop self-sabotaging.
Make your workout non-negotiable. Many people give up on getting a workout done because of time or because roadblocks pop up as the day goes on. Prioritizing your workout is prioritizing your wellness, and you can choose to make time for it.
4. Something is better than nothing.
Not every workout has to be long and intensive. You don’t need to put in a full hour to get benefits. Even if you only have a limited amount of time, find a way to use it well. It’s always better to do what you can rather than do nothing.
5. Tell someone.
Telling someone about your plans to work out makes it real and helps you stay committed to your goal. Give it a try and tell someone close to you so they can help you stay focused. A friend or family member can be a great source of support and motivation.
With these simple steps, you can keep your body strong and your routine intact, even in the busyness of life. Not only is Pilates a great way to keep your body and mind in shape, it’s also a source of stress relief.