We asked Peak Performance’s own Exercise Physiologists about how they have created routine in their lives. From working out, to meal prepping to staying hydrated, read on for their best tips!
What is a routine and why is it important to me?
Not to be confused with a popular French Canadian dish, a Routine is a task or behavior performed regularly. It can be daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly- and it can be anything from brushing your teeth, to changing the oil in your car, or getting to work and the gym. Each task is some part of every person’s life to some degree of regularity. In relative terms, a routine is what’s considered a normal pattern for someone. Although the “normal” can vary from person to person, it provides structure, familiarity and helps to form habits that can save time and energy (two of our most valuable resources).
How would I set up a routine to benefit my life?
Routine behavior is almost autonomous, meaning that we don’t give it much active thought from to start and finish. For this reason, it can be tricky to consciously kick an unhealthy pattern out for a more beneficial one. Some tried and true methods for positive routine forming involve some thought organization, a bit of planning, and most importantly time and patience.
First: Recognize the behavior that you would like to change or add. Write it down. Next: Take some time and write down your daily routine, then find out if your new goal or task fits into your current routine, and write it in. If the change is drastic, you may want to break it into smaller steps to make the transition easier. The difficult part of this process is taking the conscious effort over the next few days and weeks to perform that task as it fits. With consistency and repetition, that new task or behavior will become a habit, streamlining your life into a healthier version of itself.
By Matthew Rhodes, MS