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Anything Goes Monday: Starting A Routine

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One of my favorite things to do during the afternoon is going to the gym for a workout session. For some people, that might seem like a chore. However, this is a routine that I have had for five years now.
Five years ago, I decided that I wanted to live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy my life. I was never overweight, but I knew I wanted to put on some muscle and enjoy the way I looked. I also knew that my fast metabolism wouldn't last forever. I used to go for runs every now and then throughout high school, but once I got to college, I thought I wouldn't have enough time to workout. Even though I was taking a full class load every semester, I managed to take time out of my day to work out. A year after I started working out, I changed my diet to take this healthy lifestyle to the next level.

Whether you want to exercise more, meditate throughout your day, or wake up earlier, here are some tips to start a new routine.

Don't "Wait" For New Years Day

One thing that I absolutely hate is hearing people talk about their New Years Resolution. According to several different studies, less than 10% of people stick to their New Years Resolution or complete their resolution. If you want to make a change in your life, you will start now. Not later, not in the new year, right now. The new year shouldn't be an excuse to try something new. If you are really passionate about changing something in your life, you have to start when you are most vulnerable.


Build A Support System
Your friends are there for a reason, and if they don't support you, it might be time to find new friends. Telling your friends and family about your plan/routine will build a sense of trust and passion. You can also have your friends/family hold you accountable. If you want to start going to the gym, check-in with them on the days you plan on going to the gym and make sure they know when you go. You might even want to start this with a friend if you have other friends that want to go to the gym.


You DO Have Time

One classic excuse that I hear, especially for going to the gym is, "I don't have enough time to go to the gym." That excuse will only apply to 1% of people. If you say you don't have time, you are only lying to yourself. If you think you don't have time, you need to re-work your schedule. There are 24 hours in a day and the average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep. Also, adults usually work 8-10 hours a day, and depending on your job, you might have weekends off. That leaves 6-9 hours left of your day. Sure, you need time to get ready and make food, but that certainly does not take 6 hours. You can take 30 minutes out of your day to work out, and if you can't afford a gym membership, there are several body exercises you can perform at home or outside.

Start Small

If your goal is to run a marathon, you definitely wouldn't want to run 26 miles right off the bat. You need to start with small simple steps. Going back to a sermon one of my pastors talked about, you need to start small. You can start by running 5 minutes a day. That's it, just five minutes a day. It seems like nothing, but once you start doing it, you'll be able to add on to it. You might start running 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and then eventually, you'll be able to run longer time-wise and distance-wise.

Set Mini-Goals
This is similar to the last tip, but you need to set mini-goals to achieve along the way. Going back to the last one with marathon training, you need to set up small goals along the way. Start by setting a certain distance you want to reach, so set a goal for 3 miles, 5 miles, 10 miles, and so on. Seeing yourself reach these mini-goals will push you to keep ongoing. When reaching your main goal, it is all about the journey there.

Remember To Reward Yourself

When doing a routine, remember to reward yourself along the way. Have that cheat day, wake up an hour later, take that rest day, anything to show yourself that you are doing great. Those small rewards might even be beneficial.


What goals do you want to achieve? What are some new routines you want to implement in your life? Let me know in the comments section and go make a change in your life!

Anything Goes Monday is a new series on my blog where I talk about a topic not related to music. Anything Goes Monday will take place on the first Monday of each month. Stay tuned for more Anything Goes Mondays and let me know what you think of the segment!

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