Sticking to any workout plan or program can be difficult at times. I’ve struggled with it, and I know many others do as well. Life simply gets in the way sometimes, plus sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated. So what can you do to help you stick with your fitness program? Here are 5 things that have helped me over the years:
This might be one of the biggest motivators that has helped me stick with my exercise routines. If I know my friends are counting on me doing a workout with them, it is a lot harder to skip out. I also have a free online account through Beachbody that allows me to schedule and log my workouts.
Accountability is huge! Try to find someone or something to hold you accountable to your workout program.
2. Find a program that works for you.
I’ve started several programs that I’ve found to be too advanced. Well guess what? It wasn’t long before I quit those programs, once again getting out of a good workout routine. However, once I found a program that fit my current needs, it was a lot easier to stick with. I would be happy to help you figure out a program that will be just right for you.
3. Keep variety in your programs.
I think I have “Exercise ADD”! I have to constantly be changing things up, or I simply get bored with my workout. I’ve learned that if I am sure to have a variety of workout options to choose from, I am much more likely to stick with a program.
4. Don’t get frustrated if you can’t do everything perfectly.
I’ve gone through several programs in which I’ve struggled just to complete the workout or to complete certain exercises during the first few weeks. But by sticking with it, I found that those elements I struggled with did get easier. I didn’t always master them, but I did get better and saw improvements. It’s not always about how well you are doing an exercise, but that you are simply doing something. Do the best you can and don’t worry about the rest.
5. Use the workouts to relieve stress rather then letting them cause stress.
Exercise is a great stress reliever if you let it be. If you are too worried about the exercise, it can create more stress. For example, if something comes up and you simply can’t get a workout in one day, don’t worry about it. Just pick up where you left off the next day or as soon as you can!
I hope that these 5 ideas will help you stick with your workout program. What else do you do to help you stick to a workout program?