One of the major challenges you will face after making a decision to keep up a fitness routine is excuses. Even with the best intention to work out, you will find it easy to say to yourself “the weather is bad,” “I am too tired,” “I will just continue tomorrow,” or “I am too occupied today.” Don’t get discouraged and slag off. Work with the saying “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Here are some few tips from fitness professionals on how to stick to your fitness routine. So, when next you are tempted to gorge on a bucket of tater tots or skip a workout, let these real-life maxims help you out.
1. Do it for your own benefit
You can easily slack on a fitness routine if you are trying to please people. It can get tiring because you are not living your life. Imagine trying to keep fit because you want to look smart at a friend’s party that is fast approaching. You can easily get discouraged. But studies have shown that “internal motivation” is highly effective for making people stick to a fitness routine. C’mon! Make sure you are doing it because love it.
2. Mix it up
Don’t just try out one workout technique for a long time. It can get boring and make you want to quit. Try out different types to fully exercise different muscle groups. Switch between machines to build strength. You don’t have to reinvent your fitness routine every week; just switch in between various styles and techniques to make it fun and lovable.
3. Start slow
It is not advisable to do too much too soon. Don’t just start up with running 10 miles. Start out slow; you can run a quarter of a mile your first week. Then, you can gradually make it more challenging. This is more fun that mounting pressure on yourself from the start.
4. Come with your friend
Studies have shown that when you work out with a friend, you don’t easily get tired. Think about it, when you are tired and at the verge of giving up, a close pal who’s consistent can be your motivation. He/she can steer you back in the right direction.
5. Record your progress
When you keep track of how much your run, walk or lift weights, it helps you to be determined to do better and never do less. You can use a fitness journal or use an app to record your progress. Try it, it’s really fun.
6. Buy new workout clothes
Maybe you just need more of tights, shorts, shoes, and tanks to keep up the motivation. Yes! Changing your wardrobe can help you stick to a healthy lifestyle. Try it out for a few months and see how it reinvigorates you and helps you stick to your fitness routine.
As the New Year approaches, I believe you want to get back on track after fitness hiatus and stick to your routine. Make sure you try out this tips and see how your motivation go the distance. Don’t ever give up on your fitness goals.
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