4 Keys to Sticking With Your Workout Plan
Even when you've discovered the power of fitness in your own life, it can get hard to keep it up. Everyday life and responsibilities can get in the way.
No matter where you are in your fitness journey, there are times when you might need to boost your motivation.
Here are a few tips that can help you keep at it:
1. Find your 'why'
I sincerely believe that the thing that will help you stick with your workouts is to figure out why you are really working out, in the first place. Having a non-physical “why” is key — fitness is about so much more than aesthetics.
Take some time to make sure you are exercising for you. To enrich your health, to improve your strength, to take care of your body.
Understand all of the non-physical benefits of exercise and the importance it has not only on your physical health, but also your mental and emotional health.
Exercise because you are grateful your body and all it can do. Choose to work out because you want to care for it and strengthen your body, NOT because you feel that your body is not good enough, or because you want to change it.
Self-love is one of the strongest motivators.
2. Make your workouts a priority
Whether you have a lot going on in your life or your have more free time than usual, you can always find a reason to skip a workout. Maybe you're too busy, or maybe it's too hard. Sometimes you need to remind yourself that it is important to make time for the things that matter most to you.
Remember, exercise does NOT need to be a huge time commitment — even 30 minutes a day is fantastic.
Whether it means getting up early, staying up late, or utilizing your child's precious nap time, make that time about taking care of yourself. Decide in advance that no matter what comes up, you will find a way to make it work. Make your health a priority.
3. Take it one day at a time
No matter what exercise program you've started, it can feel really overwhelming to think of following it the whole way through, whether that's four weeks or 12 weeks — especially when you’re first starting out. I remember when I first started training at home, every week seemed like an eternity!
After doing the first workout of my first program, I felt there was no way I could do it week after week.
So I didn’t think about it.
I took it one day, one workout, one circuit, one rep at a time. Breaking it down like this really can make it feel less daunting.
Remember to celebrate the little victories! After each workout is complete, take a moment to be proud of yourself for what you just did.
4. Don’t quit!
This might seem completely obvious but hear me out. The reality is, even when you are doing your best to follow tips 1-3, you won’t be perfect. More than likely you are going to “fall off” or “fail”. You might get sick. You might miss a day.
THAT is why this last tip is the key to it all — what really matters is not giving up and quitting when you hit a bump in the road. Get up and get back at it the next day!
Start where you left off and press on. Focus on how far you’ve come and all the days you completed your workouts instead of focusing on the one or two you missed, and jump right back in.
YOU'VE GOT THIS!
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.