You can probably come up with a thousand reasons to not do your workout, and chances are there’s just other things you’d rather be doing. Nonetheless, exercise needs to be a priority. You feed that bad habit of not working out when you don’t make time for it, and the habit only gets worse the longer it’s not a priority.

You’d be pleasantly surprised if you organized your day and cut out unnecessary activities and chores, that you actually have time to take care of your body. And I get it…there’s days that seem impossible and days that seem to never have enough time, but even if you can fit in a short 10-20 minute workout on those crazy days, it does more good for you than you know.

If you’re not exercising on a regular basis, then today is the perfect day to start!

Here’s a few ways to help you get started:

1. Schedule your workout at a set time-This will help you remain consistent. The more consistent you are, the more likely it becomes a habit, and before you know it, it’s part of your regular routine.

2. Find something you like doing-Exercise isn’t exclusive to running five miles every day and lifting weights at the gym. There are endless ways to exercise, so find an activity you enjoy doing.

3. Never go longer than two days without working out-When you go longer than two days, you’re more likely to put it off and get behind in your progress. So make sure if you fall off for a couple of days that you get right back on track.

4. Even if it’s a short workout, do it-If you can’t fit in an hour long intense workout, that doesn’t mean to count your workout out for the day. Try and squeeze in a quick 20 minute workout, or break your workout up into three 10-minute increments throughout the day. As long as you’re getting your heart rate up and going strong for that short time, you can still benefit from it.

5. Set realistic goals-This will keep you motivated and drive you to push on because you know it’s achievable. You know yourself best, so set goals that are practical and fit your needs.