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Healthy Habits: How to Integrate Fitness into Your Lifestyle

Are you starting out on your fitness journey? Sometimes, the start can be a challenge! While you might have plenty of motivation, creating a routine that you stick to can be another story! We’ll let you in on a secret: the best way to not only hit your goals, but also maintain them is to make fitness a part of your lifestyle. 

If you see exercise simply as a means to an end, you’ll likely lose interest once you’ve reached your short-term goals. Make working out a habit, not a chore, and it will be easy to stick to your new healthy lifestyle choices for years to come.


As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. Simple in concept but huge in impact, planning is the key to making fitness a healthy habit. Don’t just make your workout plan in isolation –consider what work and other activities you have scheduled for the week or month and figure out what you can realistically accomplish. Set both short and long-term goals and have small rewards planned for reaching them. 

Break it into manageable chunks

Some people can exercise for an hour or more, while others might struggle after 15 minutes – both are fine. Plan to exercise for as long as you can manage in one session, and if you need, build more sessions into your week.

Again, the aim is to make it sustainable, so you’re encouraged to continue instead of burning out. Try not to compare yourself to others, instead comparing what you can do now against what you could do a week or two ago.

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Be flexible

Having a plan is great, but don’t be too rigid and berate yourself for missing a session. This can lead to a spiral where you lose motivation and find it hard to start up again. Instead, be flexible and kind to yourself and recognize that life sometimes gets in the way – we all have good days and bad. If you don’t have time to do the full workout you’d planned, remember that something is better than nothing. If you miss a workout, try to brush it off and get back on track with the next one. 

Make it fun

Golden rule: choose activities you enjoy. If you loathe walking, and running seems like something out of a nightmare, then it makes no sense to pound the pavements or invest in a treadmill. Figure out what makes you happy and exercising will come more naturally to you and be easier to sustain.

If you love being outdoors, swimming, hiking, or even an outdoor exercise class might spark joy. If you love watching TV, don’t panic – get some dumbbells,  resistance bands or invest in an elliptical trainer and work out in front of your favorite show. Don’t be afraid to try something new; you might just find a new favorite.

Adding some variation to your routine will also help when you hit periods of low motivation. Aim to build a mix of high-intensity cardio (like this No Equipment Cardio Workout) and low-intensity exercise, like yoga or pilates, into your week. You’ll be surprised by how effective this combination is for both your physical and mental health.

Embrace your personality type

If you’re an extrovert, group exercise classes, such as aerobics, HIIT, spin or pilates, double as opportunities to socialize and meet new people. They are excellent ways to stay motivated and accountable.

On the flip side, if you’re an introvert, the idea of attending a class probably makes you shudder. Hit the pool (Get one of these swim workouts) or take your dog for a walk and use earphones to block out the hustle and bustle around you. Fitness can take on a new role as an opportunity to recharge your social batteries.

Track your successes

And we don’t mean on the scales (unless you want to, of course). Choose a method of tracking your results that’s meaningful for you, whether that’s the number of workouts you’ve completed, how many steps you’ve taken, or how long you’re able to workout  compared to when you started. Wearable fitness tech, like Fitbit or Garmin, is great for tracking activity levels and keeping yourself accountable.

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Make nutrition part of your plan

If you’re working out, but still making poor food choices, you simply won’t achieve the positive body changes that make it progressively easier to continue committing to a healthy lifestyle.

This goes beyond simple weight loss; eating a nutritious diet and drinking lots of water helps you fuel your body and keep a clear head. Along with exercise, commit to improving your diet and staying hydrated, and your whole body will benefit.

Don’t just dream it, do it

Trying to find time for fitness might seem daunting, but if you commit to making it a priority in your life you’ll find it easier than you think. If you’ve been contemplating making lifestyle changes this year, now is the time to write an action plan and, most importantly, take the first step towards achieving your lifestyle goals.

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