It can be hard to stay motivated when you are undertaking a new exercise routine. There will be days when you want to stay home because you are tired or it is too cold outside. What can you do if you are having trouble staying true to your new workout regimen?
Workout with Friends
Working out with friends is a good way to stick your workout routine because you will have people there to motivate you. It is easy to skip that trip to the gym when you are by yourself. It isn’t so easy when you know that there will be people who will make fun of you if you don’t go to the gym with them.
Change Up Your Routine
You could be having trouble sticking to your routine because of boredom. Try running a different route today or work your arms first as opposed to working your legs first like you always do. A change of pace can work wonders for your ability to get a full workout in.
Do As Much As You Can
Getting a partial workout in is better than doing nothing at all. Your body will still reap the benefits of whatever exercise that you did do. If you take a full day off, it could be even harder to get going again the next day.
Offer Yourself a Reward
Going to the gym should be something that you do to better yourself instead of something that you do to punish yourself. Every so often, you should reward yourself with an ice cream cone or a new pair of sneakers from Mick Simmons Sport Store. The thought of letting loose after your workout may be all you need to get yourself on the treadmill.
Get Started and Go From There
The first step is usually the hardest when we are faced with something that we don’t want to do. The good news is that it gets easier to finish your workout once you get started. It is hard to justify why you went to the gym or started jogging down your favorite trail if you weren’t going to get a complete workout in. If you can convince your body that it is a waste of time to stop before you are finished with your exercise for the day, there is a good chance that you will hit your goal for the day.
Compete with Friends
If your working out with friends around the same fitness level. Competing can help motivate you to stick with it and do better. Maybe add a friendly bet to liven things up, maybe the first person to miss a workout has to wear a silly outfit, or the person who runs the most gets a free lunch at the end of the week.
Set Short Term Goals
Some people get discouraged with their exercise plan because they have unrealistic expectations and think they’ll see a huge change in their physique in a relatively short amount of time. If you can set realistic short term goals (e.g. workout for 30 minutes a day 3 times a week) and consistently meet them on a weekly or monthly basis you will defiantly reap long term rewards.
Exercise is never fun. Unfortunately, it is something that we have to do to keep ourselves healthy. If you are having trouble sticking to an exercise routine, the best thing to do is workout with friends or get up enough energy to take that first step. Once you do that, you will find it easier and easier to summon the desire to workout.
Author: Mary Rogers is a health and fitness instructor who loves physical fitness and helping other achieve a healthy lifestyle.