The hardest part of maintaining a regular fitness routine may be getting started. For some, the difficulty may lie in sticking with it long-term. In either case, it helps to keep some tried and true tips in mind so you are fully prepared to start, and stick with your workout routine for good!
Have an accountability partner
You're less likely to skip the gym if you have a gym buddy that is counting on you being there. You can also get the family involved too. Walking the dog after supper or taking a family hike on the weekend are both great ways to turn physical activity into a group affair.
Make it easy on yourself
Sticking with a new behavior is all about making it easier to do the behavior rather than not do it. In the same way that prepping and presetting
your coffee pot the night before work is a convenient way to help you get out the door faster in the morning, joining a gym that is along your
drive to work is a convenient way to reduce time traveling to and from the gym. Driving past the gym twice a day will also help serve
as a daily reminder for you to go workout.
Plan for it
One of the most common excuses for not going to the gym is time. The solution is simple. Schedule exercise time into your calendar just like you would a doctor's appointment. This allows you to keep time free that is dedicated to working out.
Switch it up
Many people stop working out because they are tired of doing the same thing over and over again. Try taking a group exercises class, joining a
community sports team, or switching it up on your own. There are many free
available if you need some ideas.
Your mental mindset matters.
shows that people who view exercise as something enjoyable are more likely to stick with it, when compared to those who feel exercise is more of a burden. One way to help change your negative views on exercise is to think outside of the box. Try a few different gyms before deciding on which one feels best. Take different group classes or workout outside. Try hiking, biking, Zumba, or swimming. The point is to keep searching until you find something that is enjoyable to you.
Ease your way into your new workout routine. Don't expect to go from never exercising to exercising for an hour a day, 7 days/week.
Keep in mind that goals, such as losing weight, are year-long objectives that will entail more of a lifestyle change rather than a radical, temporary adjustment.
The best way to reach your goals is by setting SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for:
Focusing on one SMART goal at a time will allow you to concentrate your efforts on the goal that is most important to you.
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