By Curves

If you find yourself falling short of your fitness goals or just can’t find the motivation to stick with a program long enough to get results, it may be time to make exercise more of a priority in your life. Making time for exercise may not seem important when you have stress to worry about, family obligations to take care of, and what seems like a never-ending to-do list. However, investing just a little bit of time towards your health and well-being can provide you with a big return on your investment. And, it’s hard to regret a great workout!

Use these tips to make exercise more of a priority on even the busiest of days:

Make a small commitment for big results
Your commitment to a healthy lifestyle won’t feel like much of a commitment when you consider that it only takes 30 minutes to get a great workout at Curves! Just get into the habit of heading to your nearest Curves location three or four times a week — that’s just 90 minutes to two hours out of your entire week. Considering that you probably spend two hours watching TV, surfing the web, or checking social media on any given day, your commitment to fitness is just a fraction of time in your weekly routine.

Schedule your workouts like an appointment
If you’re good at keeping appointments and maintaining a calendar, just plot those workouts into your schedule as if they were an appointment with yourself! Think of these as gentle reminders to get that workout in during a busy day. As you get into a routine of scheduling your workouts, you’ll find it easier to stick with your program for weeks and months on end. Just choose a time that is convenient for you and plan out your week accordingly.

Pick your prime time
Do you prefer to work out first thing in the morning or do you have more time and energy in the afternoons? Make sure you’re choosing a time that works with your lifestyle and schedule so you are less likely to skip the workout altogether! Making exercise a priority may require really considering when your “prime time” for exercise really is. If you’re not a morning person, don’t force it! Choose a time that you can actually look forward to breaking away and breaking a sweat.

Set up a rewards system
If you’re just starting a new fitness program or you need some motivation to get back into shape, set up your own rewards system so that you can keep reaching your goals and earning your way to success. Treat yourself to a spa day when you stick with your routine for four weeks straight or buy new workout clothes as you drop a size after a month or two of sticking with your regimen. Choose something that really inspires you to keep pushing ahead so it’s easier to make exercise a priority.