Sharing tips on how to stay consistent with working out, even when life gets in the way.
Hi friends! How’s the week treating you so far? I hope you’re having a great one. I have two podcast interviews this morning (new episode will be up tomorrow!) and am looking forward to coffee with a friend this afternoon.
For today’s post, I wanted to talk a little bit about workout consistency. When I do my annual survey, this is always a common theme. It can be SO hard to stick with a routine, and I wanted to share some tips.
Staying consistent with a workout routine can be challenging, especially when exercise isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Despite the undeniable benefits of regular physical activity, finding the motivation to lace up your sneakers and GO can be a struggle. If you’ve ever grappled with incorporating exercise into your daily routine, you’re not alone. In today’s post, I’m sharing tips and strategies to help you stay motivated and committed to your workout goals.
How To Stay Consistent With Working Out
Start Small and Build Gradually:
Kickstarting a consistent exercise routine doesn’t mean diving into hour-long intense workouts from the get-go. Begin with manageable durations and intensity, gradually building as your fitness level improves. This approach makes the process more sustainable. Start with just 10 minutes and see how you feel.
Set Realistic Goals:
Trim down your fitness goals into smaller, achievable milestones. Setting realistic expectations prevents overwhelm and allows you to celebrate victories along the way, keeping you motivated for the long term. Check out this post for tips on goal setting!
Choose Activities You Enjoy:
Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Opt for activities you genuinely enjoy, whether it’s dancing, hiking, or a favorite sport. When you look forward to your workout, staying consistent becomes much easier. Don’t feel like you *should* only do a certain type of workout. The best workout is the one that you’ll actually do. This means that it’s something you enjoy and look forward to. There are a million types of exercise out there, which means the perfect one for you absolutely exists.
Track Your Progress:
Keep a workout journal or use fitness apps to track your progress. Seeing improvements, no matter how small, serves as a powerful motivator and helps you stay accountable to your goals.
Recruit a Workout Buddy:
Enlist a friend or family member to join you in your fitness journey. Having a workout buddy not only adds a social aspect to exercise but also provides mutual encouragement and support.
Mix Up Your Routine:
Monotony can lead to boredom and decreased motivation. Spice up your workouts by incorporating variety—try different exercises, classes, or outdoor activities to keep things interesting. Here are workouts you can try for free!
Eliminate Barriers and Distractions:
Identify potential obstacles that may hinder your workout routine and find ways to eliminate or mitigate them. Whether it’s laying out your workout clothes the night before or scheduling exercise during less hectic times, removing barriers fosters consistency. Think about your biggest barriers and create a gameplay to overcome them.
Create a Home Gym Setup:
Consider establishing a home gym setup to make exercise more accessible. Having a dedicated space with essential equipment can eliminate excuses related to travel or time constraints.
Hold Yourself Accountable:
Set regular check-ins and assessments to evaluate your progress. Holding yourself accountable reinforces your commitment to staying consistent and allows for adjustments to your workout plan as needed.
Prioritize Long-Term Health:
Remind yourself of the numerous benefits of consistent exercise, ranging from weight loss to improved mental well-being. Prioritizing long-term health over short-term challenges can serve as a powerful motivator.
Staying consistent with working out is achievable with the right mindset and strategies in place. By starting small, setting realistic goals, enjoying the process, and incorporating these tips, you’ll be well on your way to making exercise a sustainable and rewarding part of your routine. Remember, the journey to a healthier you is a marathon, not a sprint! Give yourself time and grace as you work to achieve your goals.
So, tell me, friends: do you struggle with consistency? What do you think is the biggest thing that keeps you from sticking to a routine?
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